A renewable energy consulting and information company has announced a major release of its windNavigator software. The program already provided wind project siting and resource assessment in previous releases. V3.0 now supports wind monitoring campaigns and plant operations.
Campaign Management, a free value-add service available to all of AWS Truepower’s wind resource assessment clients, puts tower data at analysts’ fingertips. Through the secure windNavigator platform, subscribers can download raw and quality-controlled meteorological data, view meteorological statistics, site-commissioning information, and receive monthly summary reports for their towers.
“Many clients want to keep an eye on their towers so they can get the latest information at any time. We’ve made it easy for them to do that,” says David Deluca, Director of Wind Developer Services. “In addition, data quality and efficiency are important throughout development,” added Deluca. “Clients are assured of getting the quality they have come to expect – at a lower cost and with added convenience.”
For wind projects already in operation, the Asset Management module provides owners, operators, investors, and asset managers with information that lets them better understand and track wind plant performance.
“Understanding the impact of wind variations on plant output – like the low wind speeds in much of the country last fall and winter – provides much-needed insight for plant owners and investors,” says CTO Michael Brower.
Asset Management subscribers can easily build out their project portfolio with the developer’s comprehensive U.S. wind plant database. For each project in the portfolio, subscribers receive a monthly report of the estimated wind speed and production deviation or anomaly from long-term expectations. In addition, subscribers receive a long-term hourly wind resource dataset commonly known in the industry as a virtual met mast or VMM. The Asset Management version of this data set includes the estimated plant energy output every hour. The data set is updated on a monthly basis letting analysts compare on-site plant data and wind measurements to AWS Truepower’s estimates.
“Now subscribers can answer the question directly: If my plant output was low last month, was that because of the wind or some other reason?” remarks Brower. “This type of information may be the first clue to a plant underperformance problem.”
The latest release of windNavigator includes:
- Existing features: Site Assessment with online access to mean annual wind resource maps and other resource data including wind roses and monthly speed distributions. Subscribers also get discounts on resource assessment reports (Site Surveyor, Site Analyst and Site Analyst Pro) and wind data (TY-VMM, LT-VMM, WRG/PDG, and GIS data layers).
- New features: Campaign Management provides online access to meteorological campaign information including mast statistics (mean speed, data recovery, prevailing wind direction, shear, turbulence intensity and temperature) and sensor status and plots (wind rose, hourly average wind speed, daily average wind speed, and wind speed distribution (per sensor)).
- New: Asset Management features online access to wind and plant performance information including wind-anomaly maps and graphs, energy-anomaly graphs, monthly updates to the VMM, monthly reports, and a comprehensive wind project database for the United States for easy portfolio setup and competitive analysis.
- New: Wind speed data for Alaska and Hawaii for all windNavigator Site Assessment customers with an active subscription to the United States.
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