M. Weimbs, W. Schellong, and O. Herrera Sánchez (Germany)
Wind Energy, Repowering, Small Wind Turbines, Wind Farm Simulation.
Regarding a possible climate change and the increasing
prices concerning fossil fuels (e.g. mineral oil, natural gas,
coal, etc.) the usage of renewable energies is getting more
and more important. The past decade outlined that the
establishment of a sustainable energy supply is admittedly
a difficult task, but that this branch of business is full of
innovations. And as a matter of fact there is still enough
space for new ideas.
The present software concept, called Automated Wind
Farm Simulation (acronym: AWFS), is designed to handle
three planning challenges regarding the site assessment of
wind energy projects: The development of new potential
sites, the so-called „Repowering“ of existing wind farms
and as there is an increased demand for non-commercial
or rather private systems the particular site assessment
regarding small wind turbines (SWT).
The innovative thought regarding the AWFS is up to the
term „Automated“ based on a comprehensive investigation
concerning the current state of the art of computer-aided
wind farm simulation, which results in the cognition that
there is a high innovative potential regarding the decision
making referring to the selection of wind turbine positions
and the general handling (user-friendliness, system
requirements, computing-time, etc.).