- Project development
- Site evaluation
- Securing under private law
- Species conservation studies
- Determining the potential of the wind
- Technical planning / Micro-siting
- Construction planning / Approval process
- Grid connection planning
- Business concept / Finance
- Purchase of turbines
- Project construction / Implementation
- Compensating measures
Determining the potential of the wind
wpd has its own in-house onshore "Site Assessment" Department. It consists of meteorologists, environmental scientists, engineers, energy and environmental technicians. Working with our relevant project developers, this team carries out wind measurements at home and abroad in order to make an exact determination of the wind potential and the energy yield in the particular project locations.
To do so, the speed and direction of the wind are measured over a longer period of time – normally at least a year – at the heights at which later the rotor blades of the turbine will "harvest" the wind.
This is done using the latest measuring technology such as wind measurement masts equipped with anemometers and wind vanes, or with the remote detection systems, SoDAR (Sonic Detecting And Ranging) and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging).
Based on the wind data thus gained, the team will produce internal reports to support the project management in its strategic planning. There is also an option to estimate the wind energy potential via the yields of existing neighbouring systems.
Before a wind farm is constructed, the data are given to external wind experts who use the measurements to calculate the expected yield, and produce a wind report for the location. In the later course of the project, the external wind reports will form the basis for financing the wind farm and the choice of turbines. The wind information compiled by the site assessment is therefore both technically and financially crucial for the successful planning and implementation of a wind power project.
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