I have challenged the global wind industry by asking this question: “Can you afford to play an air guitar any longer?” I invite you to learn more about our cutting-edge wind resource assessment technology and reap all the benefits it has to offer.
Our customers–like you–are savvy wind project developers, equity investment partners, and lenders of finance, and insurance and reinsurance companies, who have one specific goal in mind. Their overarching goal is to accurately ascertain wind energy resource potential of sites (wind energy assessment) they are interested in for wind project development as adequate wind energy potential or lack thereof may make or break their project development dreams.
Even though the above goal is pretty well defined, it often proves to be rather hard to attain with the most desirable outcome. For example, site measurements using anemometers have led to specific year annual energy production estimates and derived from such measurements are also long-term energy projections and the year-to-year variability. Among many limitations of site measurements, a couple of limitations are noteworthy: a) measurements of wind speed and direction are made at only a few locations (often just at one location) and at only a few heights (usually just at one height) and b) measurements of wind speed and direction are made for only a year (sometimes only for a few months). [It is important to note here and make the distinction that the wind measurements themselves made at a specific location may be as accurate as the instrument manufacturers provide as the expected accuracy but the limitations discussed here are those related to the derived wind information resulting from spatial and temporal extrapolations from those short-period measurements (see below)].
From these limited measurements in space and time, wind farm energy production estimates are often made for every wind turbine (horizontal extrapolation) on the wind farm and at every wind turbine hub height (vertical extrapolation) and for many years using correlations between actual site measurements and long-term measurements obtained at nearby locations such as airports, using what are called measure-correlate-predict (MCP) methods. While such methods have served the wind industry well so far, their limitations have been shown to lead to significant under/over estimation of expected energy from wind farm sites. Obviously, if our customers had the time and the financial resource to measure at all relevant locations and heights and for as many as twenty (20) years, they would not hesitate to do so. But our customers also know that they do not have an unlimited budget nor years of time for developing wind projects.
There is an alternative methodology available to them, based on our RESPR Atmospheric Simulation Technology (AST) called the WindForces SASA platform, by which our customers can obtain wind information at many locations, heights, and years, in a matter of months, without having to wait that long or spend a lot of those scarce pre-development dollars.
I am looking forward to answering any questions you may have about WindForces SASA and/or the challenge I have posed.