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Title: Wind Resource Estimation and Mapping at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Author: Schwartz, M.
Pages/Volumes: 8 pp.
Publication Year: 1999
Notes: Presented at the ASES Solar '99 Conference, 12-16 June 1999, Portland, Maine
Document Type: Conference Paper
Subject Code Description: Wind Energy
Abstract: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed an automated technique for wind resource mapping to aid in the acceleration of wind energy deployment. The new automated mapping system was developed with the following two primary goals: 1) to produce a more consistent and detailed analysis of the wind resource for a variety of physiographic settings, particularly in areas of complex terrain; and 2) to generate high quality map products on a timely basis. Using computer mapping techniques reduces the time it takes to produce a wind map that reflects a consistent analysis of the distribution of the wind resource throughout the region of interest. NREL's mapping system uses commercially available geographic information system software packages. Regional wind resource maps using this new system have been produced for areas of the United States, Mexico, Chile, Indonesia (1), and China. Countrywide wind resource assessments are under way for the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, and Mongolia. Regional assessments in Argentina and Russia are scheduled to begin soon.
Accession Number: 26245
Library Notes: NPL-9906 REV
Report Numbers: CP-500-26245


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