Minnesota, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] WindLogics has completed an in-depth research and development project targeted at wind farm control room operators, which the company hopes will provide its customers more accurate wind energy forecasts. The research also looked at advancing extreme weather warnings and improving techniques for wind integration cost analysis.
The WindLogics wind speed and energy forecast system, which is being implemented across Xcel Energy’s entire Minnesota generation footprint, provides significantly increased accuracy of National Weather Service forecast models at both 1-hour and 24-hour marks.
The High Wind Warning System, also developed as part of this effort, allows users to more accurately predict large ramp events, allowing control room operators to confidently call up reserves or shut down unnecessary units.
“These new tools for wind energy forecasting and extreme weather visualization hold great promise for electric utilities working toward increased renewable energy,” said Mark Ahlstrom, WindLogics’ CEO. “The ability to provide this kind of information to the control room in a way that makes it clear and relevant to the operator is critical, and more work will be done in the near future to extend the value gained through this effort to our customers.”