Natural Power's global technical team has delivered energy-yield and site-assessment studies on a proposed wind project in Alaska for the nonprofit rural electric co-operative Golden Valley Electric Association.
Natural Power's inputs will assist the client in assessing the financial viability of the project, with the ultimate goal of securing financing for the project. The process included on-site data collection, long-term resource analysis, energy-yield modeling, uncertainty analysis and post-construction yield assessment. Site-classification studies will also take place to predict extremes of resource and flow characteristics for design decisions and turbine/device warranty considerations.
The site in Alaska has moderately complex terrain combined with forestry; therefore, VENTOS – a computational fluid dynamics tool – was deployed, and assessments were used to define the flow conditions on site and also to aid with the layout design process of the proposed 16-turbine project.Â
SOURCE: Natural Power