The objective of this IAP (ARTES element 20) Feasibility Study is to assess the technical feasibility and commercial viability of space-based services meeting the current needs of the wind power industry.
The characterisation of wind as a power resource is a key objective when designing and operating a wind farm, but its accurate prediction is not an easy task. Wind is an atmospheric variable with strong spatial and temporal fluctuations requiring sophisticated modelling.
The feasibility study is willing to tackle the following main needs of the wind energy community:
Three space-based capabilities are found relevant for the integration into the potential services: Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation, and Satellite Communications.
These space capabilities need to be integrated with existing capabilities of the relevant actors to provide usable and cost efficient support.
The study content will include as tasks: stakeholder / user consolidation, refinement of user requirements, state of the art analysis, service definition, system definition, proof of concept, viability analysis, and implementation roadmap.
Information on the call for proposals has been published on ESA’s Electronic Mail Invitation to Tendering System, EMITS (http://emits.esa.int), under the reference AO 7148 (under “Open Invitations to Tender”). The applicable tender solicitation package can be downloaded by registered users under this 'Announcement of Opportunity' (AO). This specific call is open for applications until July 18, 2012. 'Entity Registration' is possible on the same website.