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Rooftop wind resource assessment using a Three-Dimension Ultrasonic Anemometer

Anderson, D.C., Whale, J., Livingston, P.O. and Chan, D. (2008) Rooftop wind resource assessment using a Three-Dimension Ultrasonic Anemometer. In: 7th World Wind Energy Conference (WWEC2008), 24 - 26 June, Kingston, Canada

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In July 2007 Murdoch University was awarded a grant to conduct research into ‘Initiating Best Practice Guidelines for Rooftop Wind Systems.’ The current focus of the project involves two primary initiatives: a computer simulated modeling exercise and an onsite rooftop wind monitoring station. This paper focuses on the methodology and justification for developing the monitoring station. An ultrasonic three-dimensional anemometer was chosen as the key piece of equipment in order to be able to collect data at a fast scanning rate (ensuring a suitable level of detail for analysis of turbulence) and to develop a three-dimensional wind profile. The wind regime on a rooftop in the complex terrain of the built environment is highly dynamic, turbulent, and includes a strong vertical component. Site selection for turbines must be informed by a proper feasibility study involving accurate data. The initial phase of the project to predict the resource and deploy the monitoring station has been completed, however long-term data collection, additional modeling, and the development of guidelines is still in process.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
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