Mapping wind resources and extreme wind: Technical and social aspects

Xiaoli Guo Larsen, Rong Zhu, Russell McKenna

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Over the past decade, renewable energy has become an important player in global energy and development policy, providing 62% of new power generating capacity (IRE-NA 2020). Wind energy grew from 13% to 24% of global renewable energy capacity from 2009 to 2018 (IRENA 2019). To ensure climate protection and sustainable de-velopment, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) calculates that renewables, including wind, must grow four times faster than this by 2030 (IRENA 2020). Supporting political and economic decision-makers at all levels requires detailed data on the spatial and temporal resolution of wind resources and siting conditions. As well as the wind conditions themselves, the suitability of local environments for exploiting this resource needs to be considered. Against this background, this chapter presents an overview of methodologies for making assessments of wind resources and extreme winds respectively. This is accompanied by a general overview and a focus on studies applied to China, followed by a consideration of knowledge gaps and the outlook for the future. Then the non-technical aspects of assessing wind resources are presented, again presenting the state of the art and identifying gaps in knowledge. Finally, a brief summary and outlook for both the technical and non-technical aspects is provided
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SDC International Report 2020
Subtitle of host publicationCooperating for Energy Transition
EditorsBirte Holst Jørgensen, Stine Haakonsson, Hong Zhao, Guangchao Chen
PublisherAarhus University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-93549-81-4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020


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