windPRO 3.6 Feature list
NEW - LCOE optimizer
Optimize and compare multiple turbine and sizing configurations.
Handles noise and lifetime constraints.
Powerful and Fast.
NEW - Scripting
Let Python control windPRO objects, calculations and projects to automate processes.
NEW - Glare
Evaluate the environmental impact of glare coming from solar PV farms.
Improved shear handling, LCOE calculator, Icing, Simplified WDC setup, MILP solver etc.
Get the best layout!
The completely new and revamped optimizer in windPRO enables you to optimize Gigawatt wind farms both onshore and offshore. Consider roads, grid cabling, and turbine costs to optimize for the lowest Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE).
Add electricity prices to optimize for the highest Net Present Value (NPV).
Set up multiple parallel configurations with different turbine models and easily specify a range of wind farm sizes. Compare which configuration yields the lowest LCOE, highest NPV or AEP.
The new Optimizer is capable of optimizing layouts which adhere to lifetime constraints, so the wind farm is actually capable of operating e.g. 20 years. This is done by harnessing the power of SITE COMPLIANCE and LOAD RESPONSE.
In windPRO you can generate resource maps with site parameters (TI, Shear, Flow inclination, Air density and Terrain Complexity) and use them in the new Optimizer. You can also freely download and use the Global Atlas of Siting Parameters (GASP) dataset developed by EMD/DTU .
With the DECIBEL calculation engine, the new Optimizer can also ensure any optimized layout does not exceed the permitable noise constraints.
As solar becomes an increasingly popular renewable energy source, the number of neighbors to solar farms increases as well. A common worry amongst future neighbors to solar pv farms is the reflection from the solar panels.
With the new GLARE module in windPRO, you can now evaluate the environmental impact of glare coming from solar PV farms and other structures.
Consider not just if there is a reflection or not, but also the intensity. Take into account the panel specific reflectivity and beam spread by adding anti-reflective glass coatings and textures.
Generate calendars and maps showing when and where the glare will occur at each neighbor.
Building on top of the SOLAR PV module, you have all the tools needed to calculate glare.
Some tasks can be very repetitive and time-consuming to perform. With the new SCRIPTING tool, you can now control windPRO from an external development environment, such as Python, C#, Ruby etc.
Automatically generate entire projects, run sensitivity analyses or integrate with existing tools. Through scripting you can control windPRO objects, calculations and projects to automate processes.
Calculate the cost of your wind farm, using the parameterized cost calculator. It takes into account roads, grid, turbine type, onshore/offshore etc.
Curtailment with Eddy Viscosity (1988)
Use the time-varying curtailment system together with the Eddy Viscosity (1988) wake model.
Improved WDC selection
The selection of WDC no longer uses a fixed height, but is now calculated dynamically based on varying hub heights. It is still possible to select a fixed height
Time series based WakeBlaster
Use the WakeBlaster wake model together with PARKs time-series based energy calculation
You can now delete data more efficiently using the Advanced filtering tool. This makes it easier to truncate the time series to a specific period.
Worried about icing losses at your site?
With windPRO 3.6 you can directly order EMD-WRF OD ICING calculations, including:
- Icing reports at 100m, 150m and 200m hub heights
- Icing maps with
- IEA ice class
- IEA Ice loss
- Modelled meteorological icing
- Icing analysis by month, year, season and sector
- Time series with modelled icing and raw WRF data
Contact email@example.com for free meso credits to analyse the risk of icing at your site.
New improved methods
Now you can select the Erbs model for of dividing global irradiance into of direct and diffuse irradiance
And we have added two new models, Hay and Perez, for transferring irradiance from horizontal to inclined plane
New constant loss
It is now possible to specify constant losses like Mismatch losses
New improved optimizer capable of calculating arbitrage and handling grid limitations. This means the storage is now able to sell when prices are high. Conversely the storage can import power from the grid when the prices are low.
Improved support for Class S turbines in Load Response XML files.
Now you can use Elevation grid objects for ZVI land cover information. This makes it easy to utilize high-resolution land cover sources such as the “Near Global Forest Canopy Height” dataset and other local and regional datasets available as online data in windPRO.
The TR10 module in windPRO 3.6 has been updated and has passed the first of two Round robin tests by FGW.