NaturEner – Natural Energy for a Sustainable Future – NaturEner USA Participates in Project to Improve Wind Power Forecasting
NaturEner USA has partnered with WINData LLC and OSIsoft, LLC to improve forecasting of ramp events for the Glacier Wind farms in Montana. The effort is a DOE funded research project to improve forecasts of ramps events for wind farms, titled “Use of real-time off-site observations as a methodology for increasing forecast skill in prediction of large wind power ramps one or more hours ahead of their impact on a wind plant”.
NaturEner is uniquely interested in improving wind forecasts because the Glacier Wind farm operates as a wind only balancing authority, and improved forecasts are the most cost effective way to improve reliability and reduce integration costs. Toward this end, NaturEner has specified performance metrics to quantify the ability of the forecast to predict ramp events. WINData and OSIsoft have created a grid of next generation offsite meteorological sensors in the region around the wind farm, and have contracted with Garrad Hassan to help develop WINDataNOW Technology, a novel forecasting approach to incorporate these measurements. The OSIsoft PI software is being used to collect and transfer the data to Garrad Hassan, and to display the forecasts and measurements to NaturEner’s real time scheduling desk. WINData and Garrad Hassan are presenting promising preliminary results at the UWIG forecasting workshop. NaturEner is now receiving the forecasts and will evaluate their performance operationally.
This entry was posted in Example Applications, Gregg LeBlanc, High Fidelity Met Data Systems, High Fidelity Real-time Meteorological Data, Marty Wilde, Met Tower Instrumentation and Data Loggers, Montana Wind Energy, Wind integration, Wind News, Wind Plant Operations, WINData Home, WINData Personnel, WINData Products, WINData Services, WINDataNOW, WINDataNOW! Technology and tagged advanced, balancing authority, better wind forecasting, business, collection, data services, design, development, DOE funded research, energy, engineering, equipment, expert, forecasting, Garrad Hassan, Glacier Wind farm, high-fidelity, Marty Wilde, meteorological, modeling, naturener, next generation, novel forecasting, osisoft, performance, predict ramp events, project management, ramps events, real time scheduling, renewable, services, windata, WINData News, windatanow, WINDataNOW! Technologies LLC.