Use of Reanalysis Data for Wind Resource Assessment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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An important component of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory wind resource assessment methodology is the use of available upper-air data to construct detailed vertical profiles for a study region. Currently, the most useful upper-air data for this type of analysis are archived observations from approximately 1800 rawinsonde and pilot balloon stations worldwide. However, significantuncertainty exists in the accuracy of the constructed profiles for many regions. The United States Reanalysis Data Set, recently created by the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Centers for Environmental Protection, has the potential to improve the quality of the vertical profiles. The initial evaluation of the usefulness of the Reanalysis data for wind resourceassessment consisted of contrasting reanalysis-derived vertical profiles of the wind characteristics to those generated from upper-air observations for comparable locations. The results indicate that, while reanalysis data can be substituted for upper-air observation data in the assessment methodology for areas of the world where observation data are limited, enough discrepancies withobservation data have been noticed to warrant further studies.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1999
Event1999 European Wind Energy Conference - Nice, France
Duration: 1 Mar 19995 Mar 1999


Conference1999 European Wind Energy Conference
CityNice, France

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-500-26152


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