Software developer Cancalia has announced that the next version of their wind-flow modeling software is now available. Continuum 2.0 provides wind-flow developers with quick and accurate modeling and affordable licensing.
“In Continuum 2.0, the wind-flow model was extended to include an innovative surface roughness model, which significantly improves the model’s accuracy at sites with variable land cover,” explained Cancalia Co-Founder and Engineer Liz Walls. “Also, with wake-loss modeling now implemented in version 2.0, users can estimate the net energy and thereby eliminate the need for additional calculations or software outside of Continuum.”
The wake-loss modeling tool lets users select from two different wake loss options and creates high-resolution maps of the wakes. Moreover, Continuum 2.0 estimates the effect of surface roughness on the wind flow, improving model accuracy and decreasing met cross-prediction error by as much as 35%.
Developers can now also create wind-flow models using pre-construction met data and then import that site-calibrated model to use with the wind farm’s permanent tower data to estimate the power production. By comparing the modeled estimates with actual production values, poor performing turbines can easily be identified and the overall wind-farm performance can be tracked over time.
Continuum’s easy-to-use interface makes navigating the software simple. The accurate wind-speed estimates and fast computing time will benefit wind-farm developers and consultants who need quick and timely answers.
“It is our main goal to simplify and streamline the resource assessment process without sacrificing quality or accuracy and, with Continuum 2.0, we took another large step in that direction,” said Walls.
Cancalia Engineering & Consulting, LLC
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