Distributed Wind Resource Assessment Framework: Functional Requirements and Metrics for Performance and Reliability Modeling

Research output: NRELTechnical Report

Abstract

The focus of the distributed wind resource assessment (DWRA) performance framework is to first clarify the key parameters that define the wind resource for any distributed wind turbine project and then describe the loss and uncertainty factors associated with long-term performance of wind turbine projects. Next it will identify and define the key parameters required to analyze the operational performance of a project. This framework could then be the foundation for understanding the predictability of the power and revenue from a project. Improving the predictability and reliability of wind power generation and operations will reduce costs and potentially establish a framework to attract new capital to the distributed wind industry sector. This report is the first part of a research effort to investigate the impact that improved resource assessment and energy estimation for distributed wind can have on consumer confidence, cost of capital, cost of ownership and operations, perception of financial risk, and levelized cost of energy.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages67
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-72523

Keywords

  • distributed wind
  • distributed wind resource assessment
  • levelized cost of energy

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