ABSTRACT

The goal of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Program's wind resource assessment group located at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is to improve the characterization of the wind resource in many regions of the world in support of the U.S. wind energy industry [1]. NREL characterizes the level of the available wind resource at wind turbine hub heights (typically 30 m to 50 m above ground level) using wind power density, expressed in units of Watts per square meter. Wind power density values are frequently used to classify the wind resource level with the higher wind power classes assigned to areas with high power density values.