wind site assessment Articles

  • Site Vulnerability Assessments for Facilities That Use, Store, or Transport Chemicals

    In response to pressing issues facing the new Department of Homeland Security, over 15,000 chemical and industrial plants may have to evaluate their vulnerability to terrorist attack and improve countermeasures at their facilities. Federal lawmakers are considering two bills requiring facilities to submit site security plans: the Chemical Security Act (Senate Bill S. 157, reintroduced in January, ...


    By AECOM

  • New methods for measuring the wind

    Although computer models of wind flow over terrain have improved dramatically in the past few years, there is still no substitute for data recorded at the site. So you want to build a wind farm. Good for you. With the global drive towards a low carbon economy, it is surely the right way to go for many individuals, companies and, indeed, Governments around the world. As information from the ...


  • Amassing Wind Information

    Wind is a variable resource, but not an indecipherable one. Second Wind encourages harnessing the full range of wind sensing technologies that are available today. When it comes to wind information, much attention is focused on the choice of wind measurement technology and data collection practices in wind resource assessment and project design. Right now, wind data plays a limited role in the ...


  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • Optimizing Wind and Solar Power in Africa

    Editor's Note: The following is a news release authored by Julie Chao and issued by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on April 5, 2017 To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Assessment of particulates in the urban atmosphere of Sao Carlos, Brazil

    A survey on the concentration of particulate matter in the urban atmosphere was carried out in the city of Sao Carlos, Brazil. Five sites were selected for data collection one in the city centre (high concentration of people and automotive vehicles), three in industrial areas, and one at the interface with the countryside. The particle size distribution and mass concentration, temperature, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Green tech cost assessments must be country-specific

    Designing efficient mechanisms for allocating climate funds to the developing world will require country-specific assessments of the cost of scaling up renewable energy technologies, says climate researcher Michael ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Chemometrics in the assessment of local and trans-boundary air pollution

    This paper provides the results and assessment of local and transboundary pollution in the Pozna metropolitan area and at the Wielkopolski National Park, Poland. Precipitation that occurred simultaneously in both locations was collected and the analyses such as H+, F−, Cl−, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Geotube Shoreline Protection Prevents Damage To NASA Site - Case Study

    Almost a mile of Geotube units are helping relaunch the beach at Wallops Flight Center in Virginia. In the fall of 2006, Hurricane Ernesto and the resulting gale force tropical storms on the East Coast caused serious beach erosion to Wallops Island, Virginia. Aggressive winds and rains severely damaged the beaches, and consequently, posed a threat to the adjacent launch pad at NASA's ...

  • Clean energy study questions cost-effectiveness of Site C project

    The Independent Power Producers Association of BC (Clean Energy BC) has released a report it commissioned from an independent British strategic advisory professional services firm that suggests smaller clean-energy plants might be a viable option to the proposed Site C dam.* The study from London Economics International (LEI) finds the savings could come from “right-sizing and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • WorldWaves wave energy resource assessments from the deep ocean to the coast

    Abstract WorldWaves is a global wave and wind climate package developed through EU and industry sponsorship over many years. The offshore data incorporates global hindcast and operational wave and wind data from ECMWF, validated and calibrated with independent satellite and buoy data worldwide. These data, which may comprise full directional wave spectra time series, are used as ...


    By Fugro OCEANOR AS

  • Assessment of the Environmental Impact of Military Activities During the Yugoslavia Conflict

    1. Executive Summary Assessment Method:The study was carried out over a period of ten days by a team of expert staff from the Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and other contracted country experts. A framework was prepared by REC headquarters and the REC's country offices in the five selected countries gathered information and data. Additional ...

  • Sizing the clean economy: a national and regional green jobs assessment

    The "green" or "clean" or low-carbon economy-defined as the sector of the economy that produces goods and services with an environmental benefit-remains at once a compelling aspiration and an enigma. As a matter of aspiration, no swath of the economy has been more widely celebrated as a source of economic renewal and potential job creation. Yet, the clean economy remains an enigma: hard to ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Evaluation of a 3-D flow and pollutant dispersion modelling system to estimate climatological groundlevel concentrations in complex coastal sites

    A three-dimensional modelling system, made by a mass-consistent wind field model and by a Lagrangian particle model, has been applied to a Mediterranean complex coastal site to describe the atmospheric dispersion of pollutants emitted by a thermal power plant. Different short-term episodes have been simulated to cover the seasonal climate variability. Model results have been compared with local ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Interactive Resources Wins National Renewable Energy Laboratory Contract for Roof Structural Assessments for Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Arrays

    Richmond CA, October 19, 2010   – Richmond architecture and engineering firm Interactive Resources was recently awarded a contract by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide solar feasibility studies for 24 California K-12 school buildings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Sequoia Foundation ...


    By Interactive Resources

  • Monitoring the Bavarian nuclear power plants online applying a Lagrangian model

    In 1997, the Monitoring System for Nuclear Power Plants (KFÜ) - located in the Bavarian office of environmental protection - was upgraded. The change included replacing the Gaussian plume model by a numerical dispersion model based on the Lagrangian theory. The KFÜ system allows the assessment of the doses workers receive in routine and emergency operation. Improvements of the new monitoring ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Risk zoning in relation to risk of external events (application to IRIS design)

    The design basis for any plant and site is closely related to the effects of any postulated external events and the limitation of the plant capability to cope with accidents, that is to perform safety functions. As a prime example of an advanced reactor and Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) with enhanced safety, the International Reactor Innovative and Secure (IRIS) has been considered in this work. In ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Using Lidar for WRA Campaigns: Your Questions Answered (Part I)

    In the course of conversations with wind developers new to Lidar technology, a number of questions seem to come up regularly. In this and future blog posts, I will attempt to answer these questions in some detail to benefit others who might be pondering them as well. Two very practical questions have to do with how WINDCUBE® ...


    By NRG Systems

  • Evaluating modelling uncertainty in CFD predictions of building affected dispersion

    This paper summarises an investigation of the uncertainties in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling of gas dispersion in the vicinity of buildings and complex terrain. The main objectives were to evaluate the variability of results due to the way in which a CFD code may be applied and to evaluate the accuracy of predictions in realistic scenarios. A group of four organisations undertook ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) – Boston and suburbs - Case Study

    The MWRA is a state government agency that provides wholesale water and sewer services to 2.5 million people and more than 5,500 large industrial users. It also monitors outflows in Cape Cod Bay and Boston Harbor using a range of advanced technologies. As an industrial user of electricity, agency officials are looking to reduce economic volatility from electricity costs and to improve energy ...

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