How do I know if my site is right for wind
energy? What is the right layout for my site’s unique terrain? How can I maximize power production?
Will my project get financed? Will my investment pay off over time? From sophisticated measurement
and analysis, to accurate power projections, Black & Veatch – using cutting-edge data tools
from 3Tier and Windsim – can help you explore the potential power of wind on your site. We will help you prioritize turbine locations,
determine project scale and estimate power production over your plant’s life cycle. This
includes during peak and off peak hours and normal climate cycles, ultimately helping
you maximize production and efficiency. On-site, Black & Veatch professionals optimize
your collection campaign and ensure precise meteorological measurements. We are experienced
in the installation, maintenance and operation of industry proven met masts, as well as leading
technologies such as SODAR (Sonic Detection and Ranging) and LIDAR (Light Detection and
Ranging) using the optimal combination of data collection methods means you will see
a more accurate, detailed view of your site. We process and translate this data to provide
you with advanced analysis of location, elevation, wind speed, wind direction, turbulence, thermo-dynamic
properties, gross capacity, air density and sheer for each turbine in the provided layout.
Due to normal climate cycles, the characteristics of the wind will vary from year to year. So
we use the observational data to tune a 30-year meso scale weather simulation for the site.
The simulation output helps us quantify with a high degree of certainty, how the project
will perform over its lifetime. It is also used to inform site design. To optimize wind turbine placement, we model
the meso scale of weather data using powerful simulators software based on computational
fluid dynamics. The software combines advanced numeric processing with compelling 3D visualization
in a user-friendly interactive interface. The proven, state-of-the-art modeling takes
into account the most complicated terrain to predict how air flows through a site. Armed with critical data and the best modeling
tools, Black & Veatch can predict the annual wind speed at your site more accurately, which
translates into a capacity factor and annual production estimate that you can rely on.
From North America to South Africa, no matter the scale, scope, location or status of your
project, Black & Veatch will help you make informed investment decisions, ensuring the
viability of your potential wind resource and maximizing your annual energy production. And as your wind project transitions from
planning to engineering to installation, Black & Veatch possesses a full range of capabilities
and services to help you along the way, including permitting, detailed design and construction.