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PO171: New CFD calibration methodology for wind resource assessment in highly forested area

Edouard Leonard, Senior Wind Engineer, Meteodyn


More and more wind farms are developed in highly forested areas, due to favorable contexts (less restrictions and social opposition) and of course a lack of space. Because of the strong influence of forests on wind flow, wind farm developers are facing new challenges to obtain high accuracy on wind speed simulations. In this work, we present a new methodology that improves the simulation accuracy in forested areas based on forest model calibration. This approach, easily applicable, only requires wind profile measurements to determine the specific forest properties and calibrate the CFD forest model accordingly. It becomes especially interesting when high-precision roughness maps requiring advanced remote sensing imagery from lidar, satellite or plane are not available. This new forest calibration methodology is based on the wind speed profile measurement from a meteorological mast or a Lidar to adapt the CFD forest model on real forest properties (tree height, density of the forest…). The goal of this forest calibration is to choose the software parameters so that the wind profile simulated by the software is as close as possible to measurements. This approach also requires considering specific conditions to avoid thermal stability influence during the forest calibration phase. To check the validity of the forest calibration methodology, five sites have been investigated using the commercial software Meteodyn WT containing two met masts on each site, with common measurement periods and heights, and heterogeneous forest covering. The distance between both masts ranges from 500m to 7km. The bias analysis in cross-predictions shows significant improvements of the new calibration method leading to relative mean wind speed errors around 2.5 % even for a 40m - vertical extrapolation.

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