Assessing the wind resource of a project site

November 2012
by Benoit Buffard

Assessing the wind resource of a project site breaks down into two stages. First, wind measures are taken on the site of the future wind farm (read the “How do we measure the wind on a site?” article); then, these measures are matched with those gathered by several sources of long-term wind data in the region surrounding the site of the project.

These measures are correlated, which enables to consistently assess the long-term wind resource, statistically representative of the entire life cycle of the wind farm.

The long-term wind resource will then be used as a reference for the AEP* study of the given project site.

Benoît Buffard, a wind expert within the Company, presents the method used by FUTUREN to assess the long-term wind resource of a site in an article published in the DEWI Magazin No. 41.

To read Benoît Buffard’s article, please click here.

Check out the DEWI Magazin N° 41 (August 2012) or the archives of the DEWI Magazin.

* Annual Energy Production

Vos réactions et Questions 2

    2012-12-05 05:41:33
    Using the wind to produce eletirccity in large quantities is a fairly new concept. Using the wind for power has been around as long as boats first used a sail to move it through the water.Going Green is right that it will not become dominant because it is unpredictable. The problem with some of the others becoming major sources of power is the same. I live in the northern latitudes, where we get a lot of cloudy weather. We could not depend on solar as our main source of energy. There are a lot of days the wind is not blowing at all, especially in the summer. There are some places trying geothermal, but they have to go down so far to find the necessary heat, that the cost is too high to be practical.There are no quick and easy solutions to the problem of alternatives to fossil fuels, and there won't be any time soon.
      2013-03-01 17:33:14
      Dear Sir/Madam, We understand your concern about dependency on one renewable energy. While FUTUREN contributes to energy diversification and to the development of clean energies by producing wind-based electricity, the Group does not think that this source of energy is meant to replace traditional energy sources. However, it complements them very well. As a matter of fact, renewable energies have become a part of the global energy mix and wind energy in particular has an important and lasting role to play. Furthermore, each country has to be analyzed individually as regards its dependence on conventional electricity generation means and the availability of natural resources in the local area. Best regards, FUTUREN
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