Could Siting New Wind Farms Be Simply about Finding the Right Supply-Demand Match?
17/12/2014 9:56:15 AM

Supply and demand — the general economic model that makes the world spin — underpins how far clean renewable energy can go to satisfy our needs. Wind power supply is dependent upon sufficient wind speeds being present to spin turbines. Daily wind speed patterns over land are created by thermal heat exchanges with oceans, yet scientists and engineers involved in energy production conventionally treat wind speed as a random variable governed by probability. An alternative approach to wind power evaluation, one that relies on daily and seasonal pattern distinctions in the observed data, presents the opportunity to more tightly match the available wind power supply and energy demand.