EO-Windfarm: EO-Based Information Service for Windfarm Management

Designing and integratiung EO-based mapping services based on end-user demands for geo-information when planning, constructing and operating wind farms.

Objectives

The overall objective of this study is to design and integrate an EO-based mapping service based on end-user demands for geo-information when planning, constructing and operating wind farms.

Project Summary

EO-windfarm concept.EO-windfarm concept.EO-Windfarms provides satellite enabled environmental information services to support planning, construction and operation of wind farms offshore and onshore.

Satellites orbiting the Earth collect the measurements that are the basis of the service that is offered. These use radar technology, allowing them to sense the sea surface under all weather conditions and at all times of the day. Data from three different types of sensors is used: radar altimeter measuring significant wave height and wind speed, scatterometer measuring wind vectors, and imaging radar (SAR) measuring wind, waves, terrain roughness and orography.

The differnet types of information is needed in the steps of the life cycle of a wind farm. The project have identified the users needs for geoinformation during the life cycle of both onshore and offshore wind farms and to design and integrate Earth observation (EO) - based services to meet the users demands.

The EO-Windfarm alliance provides specifically off-the-shelf environmental quality assured information on;

  • Aerodynamic roughness
  • Orography
  • Wind resource maps
  • Wind & waves
  • Water level and currents
  • Morphology and turbidity 
Project Details
Acronym: 
EO-Windfarm
Funding Agency: 
Research Council of Norway
Project Leader at NERSC: 
Lasse H. Pettersson
Coordinating Institute: 
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Project Status: 
Completed