EnergyOcean International 2012 Conference

Boston (Danvers), Massachusetts
June 19, 2012 - June 21, 2012

AER's VP of Business Solutions, Kyle Beatty, will be presenting research entitled “High-Efficiency Techniques to Provide Project Developers and Investors with 30-year Offshore Wind Data” on Offshore wind research and technology at the EnergyOcean International 2012 Conference on June 20th, 2012.

The research was lead by Staff Scientist Bryan Woods, with co-authors Thomas Nehrkorn, Director of Tropical Forecasting and Manager of Modeling and Data Assimilation, and Kyle Beatty, VP of Business Solutions. Below is the full abstract of what will be presented.

Click here to see the full list of Bryan Woods’s Research

Click here to see the full list of Thomas Nehrkorns Research


A long-history of accurate offshore wind data is expensive and time consuming to obtain. Specialized instrumented buoys can be very expensive to deploy during wind resource studies, while alternative onshore wind data is generally not representative of offshore conditions, resulting in significant errors when project developers and other stakeholders need to precisely understand the wind and the resulting power generation opportunity. A new technique has been developed and applied to an offshore wind resource assessment that provides an optimal balance of precision, accuracy and cost. In this presentation, we will outline the methodology to simulate 30-year wind time series, with 10-minute data resolution at hub-height (e.g., 80 meters), as well as across the entire span of the turbine. The approach that will be discussed is a numerical weather prediction technique that has been optimized for offshore wind resource assessment. Validation data will be presented to show that minimal bias is introduced by this technique in comparison with reference wind measurements. The presentation will conclude with an overview of the strengths of this new technique, including the turn-around time that can be achieved for different areas of interest, as well as offering important cautions regarding the limitations of this methodology. The authors will also offer comments regarding the applicability of this technique in different coastal regimes internationally, as well as its applicability onshore.