ISSWIND - Supporting Services for the Wind Power Industry

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This project consists on a study to define Supporting Services for the Wind Power Industry, having in mind the possible use of space technology, assets or products and its added value, gaps and possible improvements.
The study is expected to identify and assess the feasibility of integrated solutions that are able to provide services meeting some of the needs and constraints of the user community, in relation to wind farms planning and their operational management.
Due to the increased interest in the usage of renewable energies, in part driven by European Commission 20-20-20 strategy for reduction of greenhouse gas emission, reduction of energy usage and increase of renewable energies use, attention to the wind power market increased.
Within this scope, the present project intents to study if the usage of space technology in wind farms planning and operation is viable and if it can provide services that present added value to the stakeholders involved in the wind power market.
In view of the evolution occurred in space technology, it is foreseen that some features derived from Earth Observation programs, GNSS constellations, Meteorological space surveys and other can in fact be used in one or more stages of a wind farm live cycle, either supporting existing techniques or suggesting new approaches. This should lead to
easier use and access to key data or services, to be used by the industry and users, producing financial and efficiency benefits.

Users and their needs

The study intents to involve all the users that are directly or indirectly related to wind farm implementation.
Hence the target users will cover:
  • DEVELOPERS/OPERATORS (the initiators and operators of wind farms)
  • FINANCIAL COMMUNITY (the entities that finance the implementation)
  • GRID USERS (the distributions of the energy produced)
  • MANUFACTURERS (industry supplying parts and equipment)
  • RESEARCH/GOVERNMENT (entities that possess knowledge to help the wind farm planning, along with the entities that certify and regulate the market)
We shall focus in the European market, but contacts with other regions users is not excluded.

 

(to be identified after the user questionnaires are completed)

Service/ system concept

(to be identified after the user questionnaires are completed and user cases defined)

Space Added Value

The use of space technology in the wind farm implementations process is expected to bring at a good number of advantages, not only in standalone services but also as services that augment the current used technologies
  • Availability of a wider range of meteorological data.
  • High refresh rates and wide areas are possible to observe with space assets
  • Several sources are available which augments data availability.
  • The space data collected can be used to confirm and/or calibrate
  • the existing weather prediction models
  • The data is available almost immediately in most cases.
  • A good part of the available data is free of charge.
  • The paid data sources usually provide high accuracy.
  • A wide collection of historical data is available, which helps the long term prediction models.
  • The use of satellites communication can be used in remote areas where the traditional communication means are scarce
  • The use of Earth Observation data can be used as a preliminary terrain prospecting, reducing this type of costs.

Product Benefits

The use of space technology in the wind farm implementations process is expected to bring at a good number of advantages, not only in standalone services but also as services that augment the current used technologies
  • Availability of a wider range of meteorological data.
  • High refresh rates and wide areas are possible to observe with space assets
  • Several sources are available which augments data availability.
  • The space data collected can be used to confirm and/or calibrate
  • the existing weather prediction models
  • The data is available almost immediately in most cases.
  • A good part of the available data is free of charge.
  • The paid data sources usually provide high accuracy.
  • A wide collection of historical data is available, which helps the long term prediction models.
  • The use of satellites communication can be used in remote areas where the traditional communication means are scarce
  • The use of Earth Observation data can be used as a preliminary terrain prospecting, reducing this type of costs.

Product Features

The project intents to explore the following aspects:
  • Verify that the space assets provide sufficient refresh rates and accuracy in the provision of meteorological key data, either to be used in the current weather prediction models.
  • Verify that GNSS constellations can provide relevant aid in the field of tomography, as to increase the weather prediction models results.
  • Use space based data as reference for validation of current technologies.
  • Investigate the different needs and constrains for the implementation and operation of wind farms in offshore and
  • onshore locations, 
  • Identify the technology gaps that might exist in space technology that make it unusable for wind farm implementation.
  • Indicate possible evolutions, both short and long term, to make space technology more useful for wind energy market.

 

Key Issues

  • GNSS Tomography computation for use in weather prediction models.
  • Space weather survey products extractions.
  • Earth Observation products extraction for weather models usage and terrain identification.
  • Collection of real data using space assets as reference for current models validations.
  • Investigation on possible evolution of current weather prediction models.
  • Onshore and offshore wind farm planning and implementation, operation and maintenance

 

Current Status

The feasibility study has been completed. The follow-on demonstration project started in March 2016.

Project Managers

Contractor Project Manager

Vital Teresa
Avda. D. João II, Lote 1.17.02 Torre Fernão de Magalhães, 7º
1998-025 Lisbon
Portugal
+351 21 382 93 66

ESA Project Manager

Gonzalo Martin de Mercado
ESA Harwell Office, Atlas Building, Harwell Science & Innovation Campus
Didcot, Oxfordshire,
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

Status Date

Updated: 02 November 2016 - Created: 15 February 2014