Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Wind farm and energy meteorology

Professor Elie R. Bou-Zeid, Princeton University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Friend Center, 109
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 7:30pm

Wind is an abundant and increasingly adopted source of clean, renewable energy. However, even with very efficient wind turbines, the power generated from wind critically depends on (1) the configuration of these turbines in wind farms, (2) the selection of the wind farms' sites, and (3) accurate forecasting of wind power generation over the next 24 hours for efficient integration of wind energy into the national energy mix. In this lecture, the fundamentals of energy extraction from wind are reviewed, along with the dynamics of the lower layer of the atmosphere where wind turbines are placed. Basic aspects of wind farm configuration and some recent research results are then presented. Finally, the tools and challenges of wind energy forecasting are discussed.