Wind Energy Forecasting Services
CERC provides short-term forecasting services for wind turbine output. For example, live power predictions for an operational turbine are shown in the bar graph at the bottom of the CERC home page.
These forecasts are made using CERC’s FLOWSTAR-Energy model to simulate air flow and turbulence accounting for the effects of local terrain near the turbine site, predicting local variations which have a significant impact on power output. Similar forecast services could be provided for both on-shore and off-shore sites anywhere in the world. FLOWSTAR-Energy can be used for individual turbines or for wind farms, simulating turbine wakes, their interaction and their effect on the flow field and wind energy resource.