Validation of Sodar Measurements for Wind Power

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A ground-based SODAR has been tested for 1½ years together with a traditional measurement set-up consisting of cups and vanes for measuring wind data for wind power assessment at a remote location. Many problems associated to the operation of a remote located SODAR have been solved during the project and a new remote power system has been designed. A direct comparison between SODAR and cup measurements revealed a limitation for the SODAR measurements during different weather conditions, especially since the SODAR was not able to measure wind speeds above 15 m/s due to an increasing back-ground noise. Instead, using the SODAR as a profiler to establish representative wind speed profiles was successful. These wind speed profiles are combined with low height reference measurements to establish reliable hub height wind speed distributions. Representative wind speed profiles can be establish by use of a SODAR during short term campaigns taking into account the local topography and stratification distributions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEWEC2006 : Scientific Proceedings
PublisherEuropean Wind Energy Association (EWEA)
Publication date2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event2006 European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition - Athens, Greece
Duration: 27 Feb 20062 Mar 2006


Conference2006 European Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition

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Hansen, K. S. (2006). Validation of Sodar Measurements for Wind Power. In EWEC2006: Scientific Proceedings European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).