Canada: WindSim and Intermap Technologies announced that they will jointly market a solution to help wind farm designers easily combine high-resolution elevation data with advanced modelling that optimises wind turbine placement for more profitable wind farms.
Terrain roughness is a significant factor to consider when modelling wind farms because it affects the assessment of wind resources. Accurate wind resource data enables WindSim’s simulations to more accurately predict a wind farm’s annual energy production (AEP) and therefore its profitability.
Assigning roughness is a tedious, error-prone task for wind farm designers. Obtaining reliable elevation data, dealing with file format inconsistencies, manually estimating roughness and editing maps are just some of the challenges they face. Last year, WindSim and Intermap began collaborating to streamline this process.
Now, WindSim’s advanced CFD-based wind farm design software is integrated with Intermap’s high-resolution digital terrain models (DTMs) and canopy height models (CHMs) generated by its advanced NEXTMap countrywide 3D mapping program spearheaded by its proprietary IFSAR technology. The integration delivers a powerful solution that includes automating the assignment of roughness height at high resolutions superior to methods typically used today.
“We proactively seek complementary advanced technologies to embrace and extend so our WindSim users can quickly and easily implement them, realise their benefits and gain commercial advantage,” noted Robert D. Buckley, president of WindSim Americas. “Intermap’s ability to add value in this effort was crystal clear.”
Kevin Thomas, vice president of marketing at Intermap, said, “Together, we strengthened our respective product offerings so our wind energy industry customers could more easily perform essential tasks during their wind resource assessment efforts. Our shared goal is to enable the industry to increase efficiencies and help increase the production of renewable energy.”