Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 427–440, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-6-427-2021

Special issue: Wind Energy Science Conference 2019

Wind Energ. Sci., 6, 427–440, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-6-427-2021

Research article 18 Mar 2021

Research article | 18 Mar 2021

Method for airborne measurement of the spatial wind speed distribution above complex terrain

Christian Ingenhorst et al.

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Wind farm sites in complex terrain are subject to local wind phenomena, which are difficult to quantify but have a huge impact on a wind turbine's annual energy production. Therefore, a wind sensor was applied on an unmanned aerial vehicle and validated against stationary wind sensors with good agreement. A measurement over complex terrain showed local deviations from the mean wind speed of approx. ± 30 %, indicating the importance of an extensive site evaluation to reduce investment risk.