Articles | Volume 7, issue 4
Wind Energ. Sci., 7, 1503–1525, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-7-1503-2022
Wind Energ. Sci., 7, 1503–1525, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-7-1503-2022
Research article
19 Jul 2022
Research article | 19 Jul 2022

The wide range of factors contributing to wind resource assessment accuracy in complex terrain

Sarah Barber et al.

Model code and software

Wind energy simulation toolbox for terrain simulations and wind resource assessment A. Schubiger, F. Hammer, and S. Barber https://gitlab.ost.ch/windenergyatost/west

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Short summary
In this work, a range of simulations are carried out with seven different wind modelling tools at five different complex terrain sites and the results compared to wind speed measurements at validation locations. This is then extended to annual energy production (AEP) estimations (without wake effects), showing that wind profile prediction accuracy does not translate directly or linearly to AEP accuracy. It is therefore vital to consider overall AEP when evaluating simulation accuracies.