The Cadmus Group Inc. has released a new online tool designed to help companies choose the most effective site for their wind energy projects. The Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool (DSAT) allows users to predict the energy output and environmental benefits of wind energy projects at sites across the U.S.
Cadmus, in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Encraft, began development of DSAT in 2008, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America Program.
Building upon the team's experience in wind energy technologies and performance characteristics, DSAT is powered by a range of data and algorithms, Cadmus explains. The company utilized a variety of data sources – such as high-resolution wind maps, wind-tunnel testing, computational fluid dynamics modeling, and real-world wind resource and turbine performance data – to predict the performance of distributed wind energy projects.
The standard version of the tool is free to use, with more advanced features available for a nominal account upgrade fee. The tool can be accessed here.