How to screen the best location for a wind sensor installation?
Based on your project requirements, it may be required to identify the best location to implement a wind-study over a large area.
The following section will detail some tips to help you identify your location requirements.
Defining your Wind Measurement Area
For some project, screening a relatively large area may be required to find a suitable wind resource area. This can be performed using available information and indicators such as airport wind data, topography, flagged trees, and other indicators.
The analysis of topographic maps is an effective means of streamlining the siting process. Topographic maps provide key site attributes, such as:
- Available land area
- Positions of existing roads and dwellings
- Land cover (e.g., forests)
- Political boundaries
- Proximity to transmission lines.
Taking into account the small-scale variability of the wind
Once your wind measurement area is selected, it could be relevant to undertake site-surveys in order to quantify the small-scale variability of the wind over the terrain of interest. This study would define the best station location based on the local topography. It would define the height and exposure requirement for each Anemometer. The type of observation and the measurement duration will also be assessed.