Title: Tidal influence on offshore wind fields and resource predictions

Authors: Demian Khan, David Infield

Addresses: Entec UK Ltd, Doherty Innovation Centre, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, EH26 0PZ, UK. Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Abstract: The rise and fall of the sea surface due to tides effectively moves an offshore wind turbine hub through the wind shear profile. This effect is quantified using measured data from three offshore UK sites. Statistical evidence of the influence of tide on mean wind speed and turbulence is presented. The implications of this effect for predicting offshore wind resource are outlined.

Keywords: Tidal; tide; offshore; wind; resource; MCP.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESD.2002.002352

International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2002 Vol.1 No.4, pp.312-316

Available online: 16 Jul 2003 *

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