Prior to planning a renewable energy project of any scale, it is essential to determine where the abundant resources exist, understand their characteristics, and validate their quality. AWS Truepower possesses in-depth knowledge and expertise in resource assessment campaign design and management. Our in-house meteorologists, engineers and field technicians employ advanced computer models and high-resolution resource maps to minimize upfront investment and ensure smart resource assessment campaign design.
For energy developers looking for new opportunities, AWS Truepower (AWST) employs high-resolution, wind resource maps and databases to conduct site screening and identification assessments. By taking into account distance to transmission, desired setbacks, known environmental limitations, and other important siting factors, AWST provides clients with rank-ordered development opportunities within a set geographical region. These assessments provide developers with a better understanding of parcel value and help prioritize next steps.
The powerhouse behind all of AWST’s high-resolution data is the MesoMap® system. The MesoMap system assesses wind resources over large regions at 200-meter (10 acres) spatial resolution using a combination of mesoscale and microscale models and weather data. This has been proven effective, even in complex terrain and wind regimes, throughout the world.
AWST is the worldwide leader in the science and application of resource mapping for all types of wind climates. Our emphasis on high-resolution modeling and extensive validation has resulted in products that energy developers and government planners rely upon for siting projects and assessing development potential. In 2008, AWST employed the MesoMap system to produce high-resolution data and reports and made them available through the Wind Site Assessment Dashboard, a web-based siting and assessment platform.
Developers looking for 24/7 access to data and reports can sign-up for a subscription online.
Measuring wind speeds at a proposed wind site is an essential step in the utility-scale wind development process. As the size and complexity of projects increase, both in technology and land area, finding the right mix of technology to accurately measure the wind resource becomes a critical and increasingly complicated exercise.
Smart design, as well as results-driven resource and energy estimates, are the hallmark of AWS Truepower’s wind resource measurement and management services. Our professional staff of meteorologists, field technicians and engineers possess the knowledge and expertise necessary to ensure your investment is maximized and your assessment results are dependable.
AWS Truepower’s wind resource measurement and management services now include a convenient, secure online interface for project monitoring, data access, and organization of important documentation. The Wind Data Management Dashboard web portal is a free, value-add service for all active wind resource assessment clients and conveniently displays commissioning information (forms and images), raw and quality controlled data, monthly reports, and sensor summaries and failure flags. Managing your wind resource measurement campaign couldn’t be easier or more convenient. Further, our industry-leading research programs and technology awareness ensures our clients receive best-in-class monitoring program design, instrumentation suite and configuration guidance.
Whether you have one project in a simple wind regime or multiple projects in complex terrain, AWS Truepower can design an intelligent resource assessment campaign that minimizes cost and maximizes results.
Offshore wind farm development presents its own set of unique challenges and opportunities. AWS Truepower’s offshore team specializes in the management and integration of the multi-disciplinary aspects of offshore development.
As the leading consultancy for offshore wind development in North America, AWS Truepower designs and implements offshore wind/wave resource assessments and investigates innovative measurement techniques using semi-submerged platforms, jack-up barges, and remote-sensing technologies such as lidar and sodar. Our clients include private developers, government, institutional clients, and utilities, both domestically and abroad. We are an active participant in leading industry studies, including the evaluation of new technologies.
From innovative resource assessment methods and programs to oceanographic studies, wind farm layout and design, AWS Truepower makes your project’s success our priority.
As the size of modern turbines increase, finding the right mix of technology for effective resource assessment becomes critical. Obtaining reliable wind profiles and dealing with uncertain energy calculations can have a dramatic impact on a project’s pre‐construction estimates and expected performance.
Traditional approaches to resource assessment that employ multiple hub-height meteorological (met) masts can be costly and leave a wide margin of uncertainty with today’s modern turbines. At AWS Truepower, we believe in smart campaign designs that employ a mix towers and remote sensing (both fixed and roving) to best meet the size and complexity of a site. Our cost-effective methods reduce the uncertainty in energy production estimates for today’s larger wind turbines.
AWS Truepower supports sodar (sonic detection) and lidar (light detection) remote sensing technologies – both currently used in wind resource assessment. While sodar has been used in the wind industry for more than a decade, lidar’s applications are more recent; both offer many advantages over traditional means and enhance the value of a site’s wind analysis when used in conjunction with met towers. They are capable of measuring wind speed, direction, and frequency distributions across the entire rotor plane, and also capture wind shear, vertical velocity, and turbulence intensity measurements. These parameters are key to understanding the impact on turbine performance at the project site.
AWS Truepower leases remote sensing units and supports client-owned technology. We are highly experienced in siting, deploying and maintaining units, as well as obtaining and analyzing data.