Hindcasting hourly wind power across Scotland based on met station data

Authors

  • Thomas Boehme,

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    1. Det Norske Veritas Ltd., DNV Energy, Cromarty House, 67-72 Regent Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5AR, Scotland, UK
    • Det Norske Veritas Ltd., DNV Energy, Cromarty House, 67-72 Regent Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5AR, Scotland, UK
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  • A. Robin Wallace

    1. The University of Edinburgh, Institute for Energy Systems, The King's Buildings, Faraday Building, Edinburgh EH9 3JL, Scotland, UK
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Abstract

This paper presents methods and results from a study where long-term wind measurements at 10 m above ground level from meteorological stations across Scotland were used to hindcast both average and hour-by-hour local wind speeds. For this, Scotland was divided into 21 simulation areas each containing a meteorological station. The Wind Atlas Analysis and Application Program (WAsP) was then used—well outside its specified range for both distance and area slope—to predict the wind climate at 80 m above ground level on a square kilometre basis. With further processing, time series of wind speed were derived for selected locations. Based on wind turbine power curves it was then possible to derive time series of power which were applied in power system analysis and used to study the degree of matching between renewable generation and electricity demand. This paper focuses on the creation of the onshore wind speed and power time series for areas of interest in Scotland. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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