Wind Resource Assessment
Prior to planning a wind energy project it is essential to determine where the abundant resources exist, understand their characteristics, and validate their quality. As the size and complexity of projects increase, the right mix of technology to measure the resource becomes critical. Our full-service resource assessment program can support your team in the following areas:
Wind resource maps and data: UL offers wind resource maps and data for all stages of project development. Our regional maps provide unmatched accuracy and detail in support of site prospecting and early-stage feasibility studies. Our micrositing maps use mesoscale and microscale models to achieve better accuracy than RANS CFD models. Other products include time series data sets and wind resource grids (WRGs). All of our maps and data are available through the Windnavigator dashboard and by custom order. Learn more.
Wind measurement campaigns: The foundation of sound wind resource assessment is accurate measurements. Our engineers can design your wind monitoring campaign to fit your budget and priorities, and will arrange, oversee, and verify equipment installation to exacting standards. Our smart approach assures the greatest confidence for the smallest practical investment. Learn more.
Remote sensing: Remote sensing systems can be a valuable complement to conventional measurements from tall towers, such as where hub-height tall towers are infeasible or too expensive. Our staff engineers are fully conversant in all types of remote sensing systems, including ground-based sodar, profiling lidar, and side-scanning lidar. Learn more.
Wind data management and quality control: UL offers a comprehensive one-stop solution to managing your wind data safely and securely. We will collect the data, apply rigorous QC tests to detect problems such as malfunctioning equipment, and make data summaries and downloads available online through our Wind Data Management Dashboard.
Resource analysis and reports: UL meteorologists are experts in analyzing wind resource measurements. We validate your wind resource data (including remote sensing), eliminate tower shadow and other problems, adjust for short-term climate and shear, and provide a summary or comprehensive report to support development decisions. Learn more.