19 Jul '11, 4pm

The Impact of Technology on Wind Farm Development

The Impact of Technology on Wind Farm Development

Site Prospecting for Wind Farms Ten to 15 years ago, wind development was a very different industry than it is today. Few people, if any, had access to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software tools and databases. Investigating optimal sites to develop a wind farm usually meant traveling with a meteorologist by car throughout rural parts of the country to find the windiest area, then searching for nearby transmission lines. Researchers would use hard copy topographic maps from the United States Geological Society (USGS) as a reference to seek the highest, most exposed terrain. Today, site prospecting is conducted in a very different manner. Advanced atmospheric computer models and robust computing power have allowed atmospheric scientists to derive high resolution (e.g. 200 meter) wind resource maps that cover the globe. Scientists are able to derive long-term wind sp...

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