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Wind energy assessment under strong mesoscale forcing

Dear, S.J., Lyons, T.J. and Bell, M.J. (1991) Wind energy assessment under strong mesoscale forcing. Solar Energy, 46 (1). pp. 59-62.

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A comparison between a numerical mesoscale model and the computationally simpler flow model developed as part of the European wind atlas is presented. Despite observed horizontal variations in topographically induced mesoscale forcing which is not incorporated in the simpler model, there is general agreement on an order of magnitude assessment of the wind energy variations. The range of applicability of such simpler wind energy assessment models is shown to be limited to regions where the mesoscale forcing inherent in the base observations has not varied appreciably.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Copyright: © 1990 Published by Elsevier Ltd
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