Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 331–347, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-5-331-2020

Special issue: Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 331–347, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-5-331-2020
Research article
06 Mar 2020
Research article | 06 Mar 2020

Radar-derived precipitation climatology for wind turbine blade leading edge erosion

Frederick Letson et al.

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Wind turbine blade leading edge erosion (LEE) is potentially a significant source of energy loss and expense for wind farm operators. This study presents a novel approach to characterizing LEE potential from precipitation across the contiguous USA based on publicly available National Weather Service dual-polarization RADAR data. The approach is described in detail and illustrated using six locations distributed across parts of the USA that have substantial wind turbine deployments.