Wind Resource Assessment
Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR
This five hour online course discusses various wind energy resource assessment approaches and recommendations for the use of a formal measurement plan, a monitoring strategy, and a quality assurance plan. The course summarizes the most commonly used siting techniques and addresses land leasing and permitting requirements for a measurement tower. The course details the recommended measurement parameters and offers guidelines for incorporating other optional parameters that may benefit your monitoring program. The course describes the instrument components of a recommended wind resource monitoring station, including the performance specifications for basic and optional sensors. The course highlights data issues related to in-field raw data storage, data retrieval and protection, retrieval frequency, and documentation.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn about:
This course is intended for Mechanical, Energy, Environmental and Electrical engineers.
Benefit for Attendee
Attendee of this course will have a better understanding of the factors involved in conducting a Wind Energy Assessment.
A wind resource assessment program is similar to other technical projects. It requires planning and coordination and is constrained by budget and schedule limitations. It demands a clear set of objectives so the best assessment approach is selected. Its ultimate success rests on the quality of the program's assembled assets—sound siting and measurement techniques, trained staff, quality equipment, and thorough data analysis techniques.
This course is primarily based on Wind Resource Assessment Handbook, NREL Subcontract No. TAT-5-15283-01, April 1997
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The Wind Resource Assessment Handbook was developed under National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Subcontract No. TAT-5-15283-01. NREL is a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy managed by Midwest Research Institute under contract No. DE-AC36-83CH10093. Much of the material presented in this handbook was originally compiled for the preparation of the U*WRAP Handbook. This handbook presents industry-accepted guidelines for planning and conducting a wind resource measurement program to support a wind energy feasibility initiative.
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