Method for Evaluating Wind Turbine Wake Effects on Wind Farm Performance

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H. E. Neustadter, D. A. Spera

NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio 44135

J. Sol. Energy Eng 107(3), 240-243 (Aug 01, 1985) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267685 History: Received April 01, 1984; Online November 11, 2009


A method of testing the performance of a cluster of wind turbine units and data analysis equations are presented which together form a simple and direct procedure for determining the reduction in energy output caused by the wake of an upwind turbine. This method appears to solve the problems presented by data scatter and wind variability. Test data from the three-unit Mod-2 wind turbine cluster at Goldendale, Washington, are analyzed to illustrate the application of the proposed method. In this sample case the reduction in energy was found to be about 10 percent when the Mod-2 units were separated a distance equal to 7 dia and winds were below rated.

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