As one of the largest teams of independent wind consultants in Germany we offer wind resource and energy production assessments as well as related services of which an overview is given on the following pages. If possible, some relevant examples are presented.
Wind resource and energy production assessments are the basis for the negotiations between project initiators, developers, investors, financing parties and turbine manufacturers.
In Germany, the standard approach is to derive the wind resource from the energy production of existing wind turbines in the surroundings, whilst site specific wind measurements are used as a basis in other countries (but also increasingly in Germany). The production data respectively the wind data used in these cases must be scaled to long term mean situations and then transferred from the positions of the existing turbines respectively the wind measurement to the planned turbine positions and their hub heights.
aj is particularly experienced in the in-depth check of available production and wind data on plausibility, disturbances, technical faults and erroneous information. Systematic errors in data and models are quantified by analysing the pattern of the data on the one hand and accumulating corresponding experience on the other. Corresponding adjustments are then implemented in the process. Any available information is used (e.g. not only from the top anemometer of the mast but from all anemometers), in order to obtain the most complete picture of the wind flow. This approach, which is pursued on all levels and matters, is the most relevant particularity of aj on the market and allows us to achieve lower than common uncertainties.
To scale the existing data to the long term, data and procedures developed in house are used as well as data sets which are readily available on the market, as appropriate. Standard software tools are used for the extrapolation in space and for the production calculations. Detailed plausibility checks are considered highly important in this context. If experience or general considerations suggest that the most realistic results differ from those obtained with the calculation programs, corrections are applied in order to get closest possible to reality and to minimise the uncertainty.
When scaling data to the long term, a number of reference data sources are used in parallel, often even about 10 sources across three or four fundamentally different kinds. For Germany, own production indices are elaborated and permanently updated which are based on the operational data of long term operational wind turbines. These indices allow for verifying the common BDB indices independently. Wind speed data are extrapolated to the long term using an own, very detailed procedure. The results of long term extrapolations of aj have changed less over the years than those of many other companies. Changes in particular reference data sources usually affect our results only to little extent.
The wind flow modelling is preferably based on on-site wind data or on SCADA data of wind turbines in the region, since this leads to more realistic results than met station data.
The Technical Guideline no. 6 of the Fördergesellschaft Windenergie is followed by aj as far as this is sensible and feasible.
Whilst the wind energy production of a wind farm can only be predicted reliably on the basis of at least one year of on-site or near-site data (i.e. measured wind data or production of nearby wind turbines), it is often strategically beneficial to decide upon the turbine type and wind farm layout at a relatively early stage of development, i.e. before the wind resource is well known. For this purpose, aj offers early stage site condition assessments and wind farm lay-out studies. If a wind measurement has been lasting for a few months, the relevant parameters can often already be determined with the accuracy necessary for this purpose. Of course, seasonal effects must be taken into account in these cases. If a wind resource study is based on production data of nearby turbines, aj determines the most uncertain parameters on the safe side specifically for this purpose, which will allow for acquiring a building permission on safe grounds.
At aj, the short estimates are based on production data of existing wind turbines in the surroundings of the planned site. Thus, the same procedure is used as in full wind resource and energy production assessment reports which is much more reliable as carrying out short estimates on the basis of model calculations only. Through this, potential risks can be identified much easier and additional steps, such as wind measurements or the need for production data of further turbines, can be planned, if necessary, much earlier.
Short term wind measurements with Sodar instruments deliver fast and at low cost important initial information for first estimates and many aspects of strategy finding.
aj also uses Sodar instruments for fast and cost efficient verification of the power performance of wind turbines. With this, aj has already contributed to the improvement of power performance.
Since 2003, aj performs met mast based wind measurements both in Germany and outside of Germany. Even under extreme site conditions, aj achieves high data quality and availability.
The measurement strategy is an essential element for a successful wind measurement that best serves its purpose. aj provides advice on all aspects of measurement strategies, among others
The wind measurement may be supervised and documented either by aj or by your staff after our training. Besides transferring our know how, we can provide any necessary equipment for performing the wind measurement.
Besides wind measurements to determine the wind resource, aj has extensive experience in:
If needed, aj performs additional measurements on or near the turbines for this purpose.
This area of activity displays well the innovative and flexible spirit of aj and uses fully its broad background on wind turbines and wind fields.