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Development of a measurement strategy and supervision of wind measurements

Site: Medium size project in Tunisia, mountainous region

Scope:   A local company was in charge of the installation and operation of met masts. The equipment had already been procured. aj was to

  • advise on number of masts
  • advise on measurement positions
  • check and document the masts independently
  • check the measured data continuously
  • assess the site conditions with respect to turbine specification
  • prepare wind resource and energy production assessments

Results:

  • Although the site itself was not very complex, the complex surroundings led to varying and hardly predictable wind flow conditions across the site. Namely, flow detachment was detected on one of the mast positions in an important wind direction.
  • The placement of the masts was first defined for an initial stage. Care had to be taken to avoid misleading results due to local features.
  • As some data of the first and second mast had come in, the remaining open questions regarding the wind flow and the most relevant contributions to the uncertainty could be addressed. One of the masts was relocated to cover these best possible.
  • The choice of the mast location not only addressed the needs of the wind resource assessment, but also of turbine specification.
  • It was found that some booms had not been mounted as predefined. The wind direction offsets were not correct. The mounting of the anemometers was such that the mast structure influenced the measured data significantly. Together with the installation team, changes of the boom orientations and lengths were agreed. An additional anemometer was mounted to help quantifying all impacts on the measurement and assessing the wind shear with confidence. Finally, sufficient quality and purposefulness of the measured data could be achieved.
  • It was found that cable ties had been used that were not UV resistant. They were replaced before any measurement cables could have broken.
  • A measurement documentation was prepared by aj that was able to satisfy the requirements of investors and turbine suppliers.
  • A wind resource assessment with good confidence and state of the art uncertainty could be prepared by aj based on the data.

 

 

Wind park optimisation of 40 planned wind turbines

Site: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Results:

  • due to a pronounced main wind direction the planning of the wind turbines was modified to one single row instead of two with short distances between the turbines
  • better placing on a mountain ridge possible

 

Development of an optimum wind farm layout using four met masts

Site: Western Canada

Results:

  • The influence of the nearby sea is strongly overestimated by the model, this could be solved through a modified modelling of the roughness lengths.
  • Poor quality of the met mast data, inconsistent anemometer data
  • Due to the measurement heights being close together, no reliable vertical extrapolation is possible.
  • A first layout of the wind farm was developed. Due to a pronounced main wind direction, the wind turbines ware placed in several rows, with an adequate distance between these. However, the distance between neighbouring turbines could be strongly reduced.
Consultancy on wind resource over the time of development of a wind farm project

Site: 300 MW project in Spain

Scope:

  • initial estimate of wind resource
  • advice on measurement positions
  • optimisation of wind farm lay-out
  • input to turbine specifications
  • regular check on measured data
  • independent documentation of wind measurements
  • continuous further development of measurement strategy
  • preparation of wind resource and energy production assessments
  • selection of locations for masts for the power curve verifications

Results:

  • Although the wind farm area has a relatively simple structure, the wind resource was found to vary across it in a way that is not predicted by wind flow models and that does not correspond to the impression of the site. The reason is in the large size of the area, in which the regional (mesoscale) variation of the wind field becomes relevant.
  • Therefore, the measurement strategy consisted of a tall mast in a central position and a Lidar instrument which was first verified against that mast, then moved consecutively to a number of positions in the area.
  • The measurement positions were defined step by step depending on the outcome of the data captured in the meanwhile.
  • The wind resource was determined by combining the outcome of mesoscale wind flow calculations with the results of the wind measurements.
  • Due to the strong directionality of the wind field, the wind farm was arranged in rows with relatively narrow spacing within the rows but large distances between rows. With this, the wake losses were kept very low for all turbines. At the same time, the cost of infrastructure was minimised.
  • Icing was found to be an issue for the site, despite of its Mediterranean character.
  • Wind resource and energy production assessments could finally be prepared with good confidence.
  • The final results were not far from the initial estimate.
  • The largest uncertainties were found with the power performance of the wind turbines and the extrapolation of the measured data to the long term. The best way to reduce the uncertainty of the entire project was to prolong the mast measurement by one year.

 

Re-assessment of wake losses

Site: small wind farm in Germany; the client assumes distinctly higher wake losses than calculated in the original assessment report

Procedure: profound analysis of SCADA data, adapted model calculations

Results:

  • the met station data used in the wind assessment report turned out to be less appropiate for the site, which is influenced by very local effects, thus the wind rose of the met station is less representative
  • the frequency distribution of the wind speed of the met station data is also not representative for the site
  • thrust coefficients of the power curve of the wind turbines are too low as has often been observed by aj for this specific turbines manufacturer
  • very low turbulence at the site, i.e. the calculated wake losses are too low

Final result: wake losses more than doubled compared to the original calculations

Assessment of wind shear

Site: 200 MW project in Morocco

Issue to be resolved:

The existing wind measurements with masts  only cover a small part of the height range of the rotors of the planned wind turbines. The course of the wind speed above the masts is therefore unknown. This results in a significant uncertainty of the energy prediction and a difference between the results of different experts.

Solution: Wind measurement with Sodar over several months

Results:

  • The wind shear across the entire heigt range of the rotor is very homogenous.
  • The main cause for the difference in the results between the existing wind resource assessments could be resolved.
  • The total uncertainty of the energy prediction for the entire project was reduced by about 1 %.
  • The data availability of the Sodar instrument at the site was very good.
  • The results of the verification of the Sodar instrument performed in North Germany are valid for the Moroccan site.
  • The parabolic sound reflectors should be cleaned from sand about every two months.
  • Operation of the instrument by local personnel was possible without problems.

 

Performance check of wind turbines

Site: medium size wind farm in Belgium

Procedure:

  • combination of analyses of SCADA data and a nearby wind measurement
  • comparison to reanalyses data, met station data and aj production indices

Results:

  • inconsistencies related to the power curve could be detected in the past, including longer periods with reduced availabilities and a variety of curtailments
  • more recently, the operational behaviour of the turbines has improved; however, some inconsistencies still occur around rated wind speed which need to be analysed further with respect to an additional load on the turbines
  • realistic performance of the wind turbines in the wake of neighbouring turbines, i.e. no under-performance with respect to the power curve
Re-assessment of energy production

Site: medium size wind farm in Northern Germany; the real energy production is much lower than calculated in the original assessment report

Procedure: profound analysis of SCADA data

Results:

  • reduction of the long term mean wind resource, albeit its contribution to the overall result is small compared to the following aspects
  • thrust coefficients too low
  • power curves are not reached in the wake of neighbouring turbines
  • strong deflection of the flow due to the specific wind farm layout in terms of very low distances between wind turbines
Re-assessment of energy production

Site: medium size wind farm in Eastern Germany

Procedure: 

  • profound analysis of SCADA data and monthly production data
  • wind measurement with a Sodar instrument used for comparison purposes
  • comparison of all data with a neighbouring wind farm
  • model calculations

Results:

  • reduction of the long term mean energy production has a significant contribution to the overall difference between the predicted and the real energy production
  • calculation of wake losses is realistic
  • the total energy production of the main comparison wind farm in the original assessment report with wind turbines of the same manufacturer is significantly higher than predicted and as could be expected considering the location of the wind farm, however the procution data could be verified by the feeded energy production
  • the new wind turbines are a new type of the same manufacturer, however, the predicted power curves differ significantly from those of the comparison turbines
Re-Assessment of the energy losses due to curtailment for the protection of bats

Site: Medium size wind farm in the state of Hessen, Germany

Method:

  • Analysis of SCADA data of the wind turbines
  • Comparison with model calculations
  • Parametric studies

Results:

  • The calculations with the model of aj determine the real energy losses very well.
  • Too high values of the outside air temperature measured by the turbines lead to unnecessary shutdowns. The energy losses are thus signficantly higher.
  • Some turbines show too low wind speeds. This also leads to unnecessarily increased shutdown periods and too high energy losses.
  • The wake impact within the wind farm must be taken into account in the model calculations.
  • The energy losses are much higher in years with low wind resource compared to high wind years.

 

3 wind measurements in parallel: met mast, Sodar and Lidar

Site: Black Forest, Germany

Results:

  • the vertical wind profile of the met mast showed implausible values
  • data of a Sodar instrument from an external company were also considered implausibe, therefore a Sodar instrument of the manufacturer AQ Systems was used afterwards
  • strong consistency between the AQ Systems Sodar and the Lidar
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