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Accession Number DE2012-1055364
Title Improved Offshore Wind Resource Assessment in Global Climate Stabilization Scenarios.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 29p
Personal Author A. Lopez D. Heimiller K. Eurek P. Sullivan
Abstract This paper introduces a technique for digesting geospatial wind-speed data into areally defined--country-level, in this case--wind resource supply curves. We combined gridded wind-vector data for ocean areas with bathymetry maps, country exclusive economic zones, wind turbine power curves, and other datasets and relevant parameters to build supply curves that estimate a country's offshore wind resource defined by resource quality, depth, and distance-from-shore. We include a single set of supply curves--for a particular assumption set--and study some implications of including it in a global energy model. We also discuss the importance of downscaling gridded wind vector data to capturing the full resource potential, especially over land areas with complex terrain. This paper includes motivation and background for a statistical downscaling methodology to account for terrain effects with a low computational burden. Finally, we use this forum to sketch a framework for building synthetic electric networks to estimate transmission accessibility of renewable resource sites in remote areas.
Keywords Climates
Environmental assessments
Global aspects
Renewable resources
Resource potential
Wind power
Wind turbines

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 97O - Miscellaneous Energy Conversion & Storage
97R - Environmental Studies
47 - Ocean Sciences & Technology
55C - Meteorological Data Collection, Analysis, & Weather Forecast
Corporate Author National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number DE-AC36-08GO28308

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