OST Energy Assesses 200 Megawatts of Australian Wind

Jon Capistrano
Jon Capistrano
September 29, 2016

According to an article on Renewable Energy Magazine, Technical advisor for solar, wind and storage initiatives OST Energy has delivered Independent Energy Yield Assessments for two 100 megawatts stages of the Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia.

The 7,500-hectare Hornsdale wind power project is currently under development by international renewable energy developer Neoen and is located to the north of Jamestown in South Australia. Development of the site is progressing in stages with a number of wind turbines already installed at the 100 megawatt-hours Hornsdale 1 wind farm and the commencement of construction of the 100 megawatt-hours Hornsdale 2 wind farms. Once completed, the overall capacity of the project is set to be 309 megawatts.

Despite the many political hurdles, Australia’s wind power industry has expanded rapidly during the last ten years, with 76 wind farms producing a combined capacity of over 4,000 megawatts in 2015. As of last year, these sites provided 33.7% of the country’s clean energy production and 4.9% of its total electricity. South Australia, is suited for wind power because of its strong wind resources.

However, managing the impact of complex topography on the performance of wind farms in South Australia poses a challenge for many project developers to maximize most of this resource. OST was engaged to provide EYA services, considering the unique topography and layout of both sites and their impact on expected generation.

The proximity of the projects raised concerns about the wake effects of one wind farm site. Also, the turbine spacing further increased the difficulty in assessing this wake impact, if underestimated, will risk creating potential generation shortages. Also, a number of steep slopes across the site created areas of potential flow separation which add further complexity to the project.

Click here to read the full story on Renewable Energy Magazine

Featured Image Credit: Seiichi Ariga

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
OUR MOST POPULAR POSTS

Trending Posts

The Future of Space-Based Solar Power Image
General

The Future of Space-Based Solar Power

Gigantic solar installations in space. It sounds fanciful – something out of Star Wars or Star Trek’s universe – but what if it’s actually possible?

Solar Trust Centre Solar Panel Featured Image
General

The Victorian Government’s Plan for Solar Aggregation

The Victorian government recently made a call for partners in a new solar pilot program. Although a trial program is always a small step, when viewed in context it’s one that provides an insight into where Victoria and other Australian states and territories will need to go in future: to continue to encourage solar panel uptake, while also properly managing the byproduct of it so an oversupply of energy isn’t fed into the grid.