Posts Tagged ‘wind assessment’
- Published on Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:23
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WINData, LLC is a veteran engineering company providing professional project and site development services to the wind industry. WINData’s wind project work comprises over 15 GW of wind farms and conceptual developments ranging from pre-developed to late stage developed sites across the western US.
WINData’s pioneering work in the 1990’s and early 2000’s contributed significantly to the wind energy projects on the Blackfeet reservation, Cut Bank/Ethridge and Judith Gap in Montana; the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon and in Casper Wyoming
WINData offers a full range of wind energy consulting services for resource selection, siting and analysis of site potential. Our wind energy consultants have been in the siting business since 1991 and have been involved in every aspect of the business from initial land owner relations to negotiations with power off-takers.
WINData offers the following comprehensive professional services to clients on an “out-sourced” basis:
Utility and energy business technical team leadership
Identification and origination of wind development opportunities
Project scoping, development strategy and bid formulation
Technical team assembly, leadership and management
Wind resource assessment and meteorological science
Wind project micro-siting, project design and output modeling
Conducting meetings with land owners, communities, Utilities, stakeholders, governmental agencies and tribes
Contract and agreement formulation, negotiation and execution
Technical writing and presentations
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Wind Resource Assessment
- Published on Saturday, 14 September 2013 20:56
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WINData conducts wind resource assessments to determine the meteorological and climactic characteristics of a site and from this analysis can estimate the potential power production and the impact to the project’s bottom line.
WINData provides met program design, data collection, data summaries, wind power output summaries, wind site analysis and professional meteorological certified reporting as per client requirements. Preliminarily, WINData can often determine a site’s seasonality and wind quality through a combination of a site visit, maps, and any existing site or regional data.
WINData site analysis is conducted using wind speed, wind direction, temperature, pressure and regional air density data gathered at or near the site’s location. Typically, wind flows vary over the complex terrain in a project area and it is crucial to have an experienced analyst conduct a topographically appropriate site study.
WINData wind site assessments provide project owners and designers with:
- The average wind speed over all the turbine locations for the project
- The maximum mean wind speed at the turbine location
- Mean Wind Speed
- Weibull Parameters and
- Turbulence Intensity
Other factors examined to determine the environmental conditions at the site include:
- Annual average ambient temperature
- Extreme minimum ambient temperature
- Extreme maximum ambient temperature
- Days of temperature below –17° C
- Days of temperature above 30° C
- Average relative humidity
- Height above sea level
The Weibull scale parameter and mean wind speed are used to determine the IEC Classification of the site and the subsequent classes of turbines that are suitable. The lower Weibull shape parameter indicates a large mean wind speed. The air density at the site is lower than at sea level, which will reduce the fatigue caused by the large mean wind speed.
If the temperatures on-site are very low, Low Temperature Option package are required from the turbine manufacturer and will be necessary for the best performance of the wind turbines at the project site. WINData uses the met data analysis to determine the size, number and manufacturer of wind turbines that will be used.
For each turbine, the following information is considered:
- Power Curve
- Technical specifications
- Tower type and proposed hub height
- Design life
- Level of certification achieved
- IEC design wind class (I, II or III)
- Summary of performance guarantees and warranty provided
WINData can lead the process for final wind turbine selection and generate turbine recommendations for the project site. As the turbine selection process proceeds, WINData can go out to the list the potential turbine vendors to determine the availability and delivery schedule and other aspect of the turbine supply process, and further, obtain firm pricing bids and negotiate TSA’s and MRO’s for equipment and for warranty, service, and maintenance agreements with the manufacturer.
Wind Plant Design
- Published on Saturday, 14 September 2013 19:12
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WINData uses wind resource assessment, site topographical conditions, site and county permitting requirements, military clearance and FAA permits to layout wind turbine arrays to optimize output of a wind plant design. WINData has designed many wind plants has extensive experienced modeling wind plant output.
WINData also has extensive experience in the following areas:
- Utility and energy business technical understanding
- Identify and spearhead development opportunities
- Project scoping, development strategy and bid formulation
- Technical team leader and project manager
- Wind resource assessment and meteorological science
- Project design and modeling
- Conduct meetings with land owners, communities, Utilities, stakeholders, governmental agencies and tribes
- Contract and agreement formulation, negotiation and execution
- Technical writing
- Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 05:20
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- Marty Wilde
- Gregg LeBlanc
- The Crew
Marty WildePrincipal Engineer MS Engineering
Marty Wilde brings a long-term seasoned technical, scientific and utility business perspective on the wind industry. Mr. Wilde's strategic thinking and engineering expertise, dating back to 1991, is highly respected by major utilities, investors and wind energy experts. Mr. Wilde is Principal Engineer and CEO of WINData and provides leadership to the WINData team in all areas of met tower design, siting, installation and wind data analysis. Mr. Wilde launched his wind energy business in 1991 to develop commercial wind projects and provide development services to the growing wind industry. He has worked as a project developer, managing engineer and scientist for numerous commercial and government teams since 1984 and has extensive experience supporting both public and private sector organizations.Read More
Gregg LeBlancChief IT Systems Architect MS Chemical Engineering
LeBlanc is a Masters level chemical engineer and has over 10 years experience in the real-time data software industry and over 17 years of IT experience. He worked for OSIsoft for nearly 10 years and has worked with utility, petrochemical, refining, chemical, and pharmaceutical companies to develop software solution architectures that suited their needs. Le Blanc has worked with WINData since early 2008 and is the co-architect of WINDataNOW Technologies.Read More
WINData tower installation crew.
WINData principals have been in the wind energy resource assessment business since 1991 and have initiated the identification and successful development of wind energy assets across the US over the past 21 years.
WINData provides master level services in: project management and supervision, proposal preparation and RFP response, landowner research, pursuit and execution of lease agreements within project areas, met program design and tower installation, environmental assessments and permitting, plant design/layout, wind resource reporting, turbine specification, plant output modeling, title research and mapping of sites, assistance with project financial modeling, financing application support and wind integration and forecasting data services.WINData’s PE and CEO, Marty Wilde provides a long-term seasoned engineering and business perspective to the wind industry, which comprises strategic thinking and technical expertise dating back to 1991. Wilde is Principal Engineer and CEO of WINData, WINDataNOW! Technologies LLC and Wild Madrone, LLC and is a veteran Researcher, Project Engineer and Business Development Specialist. WINData personnel offer expert services in wind energy development, also in design, development and installation of advanced meteorological measurement systems. Read More