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NUMERICAL MODEL FOR PREDICTING WIND TURBINE ARRAY PERFORMANCE IN COMPLEX TERRAIN

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
3401
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
3401
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
United Industries Corp
12835 Bell-red Road Suite 120 Bellevue, WA 98005
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: NUMERICAL MODEL FOR PREDICTING WIND TURBINE ARRAY PERFORMANCE IN COMPLEX TERRAIN
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $487,000.00
 

Abstract:

A MAJOR PROBLEM FACED BY WIND ENERGY DEVELOPERS IS THE LACK OF A CONSISTENT AND ACCURATE METHODOLOGY FOR DETERMINING THEAMOUNT OF ENERGY THAT WILL BE PRODUCED BY THEIR WIND TURBINES BEFORE THEY ARE INSTALLED. WINDFARM DEVELOPERS HAVE DISCOVERED NUMEROUS AND SURPRISING DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN EXPECTED TURBINE PERFORMANCE (BASED ON WIND RESOURCEASSESSMENTS) AND ACTUAL ENERGY PRODUCTION REALIZED. THESE DISCREPANCIES HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY APPARENT WITHIN CLOSELY-PACKED ARRAYS TYPICAL OF EXISTING WINDFARMS AND ARE ESPECIALLY APPARENT IN COMPLEX TERRAIN ENVIRONMENT. AT PRESENT THERE IS NO METHOD FOR PREDICTING THE COMBINED EFFECT OF CLOSELY PACKING TURBINES IN ARRAYS AND COMPLEX TERRAIN INFLUENCES, ON THE PRODUCTION TO BE REALIZED. THE EFFECT OF THE TERRAIN ON THE WIND FLOW FIELD AND TURBINE WAKE INTERFERENCE HAVE, UNTIL NOW, ALWAYS BEEN ADDRESSED SEPARATELY. THE PURPOSE OF THE PHASE I RESEARCH IS TO INTEGRATE THE WAKE INTERFERENCE MODEL DEVELOPED BY LISSAMAN INTO A THREE-DIMENSIONAL MASS CONSISTENT NUMERICAL MODEL FORWIND FLOW OVER COMPLEX TERRAIN AND COMPARE THE CALCULATED RESULTS WITH WIND TURBINE PRODUCTION FROM A COMMERCIALLY OPERATING WINDFARM.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Scott D. Veenhuizen
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

United Industries Corp
12835 Bell-red Road Suite 120 Bellevue, WA 98005

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No