Prediction of wind energy distribution in complex terrain using CFD

Chang Xu, Chenqi Li, Jianchuan Yang, Wen Zhong Shen, Yuan Zheng, Deyou Liu

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Abstract

Based on linear models, WAsP software predicts wind energy distribution, with a good accuracy for flat terrain, but with a large error under complicated topography. In this paper, numerical simulations are carried out using the FLUENT software on a mesh generated by the GAMBIT and ARGIS software to predict wind speed distribution in complex terrain. TECPLOT software post-processing is used to get the whole wind flow field, the wind speed distribution characteristics and distribution of wind energy. The obtained results are compared with the results of WAsP software and are also more accordance with the actual conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 International Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES2013)
EditorsWenZhong Shen
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication date2013
Pages549-557
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES 2013) - Lyngby, Denmark
Duration: 17 Jun 201319 Jun 2013

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES 2013)
CountryDenmark
CityLyngby
Period17/06/201319/06/2013

Keywords

  • Wind farm
  • Complex terrain
  • Wind energy resources evaluation
  • CFD numerical simulation

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Xu, C., Li, C., Yang, J., Shen, W. Z., Zheng, Y., & Liu, D. (2013). Prediction of wind energy distribution in complex terrain using CFD. In W. Shen (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on aerodynamics of Offshore Wind Energy Systems and wakes (ICOWES2013) (pp. 549-557). Technical University of Denmark.