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Spinner anemometry

Wind measurements at the nacelle are conventionally performed using cup anemometry, wind vanes or ultrasonic sensors. This devices have the disadvantage to be disturbed by the rotor and nacelle itself, which can result in data different from the actual wind affecting the turbine. Spinner anemometry does measure the wind where it hits the rotor first. By using the flow over the spinner surface in conjunction with the rotor azimuth it is possible to measure almost undisturbed wind speed, relative wind direction and flow inclination at any time during operation.

Measuring wind quantities directly at the rotor offers possibilities conventional nacelle measurement equipment does not have. Beside horizontal wind speed measurement yaw misalignment and flow inclination can be directly derived. Additionally turbulence intensity as well as wind shear can be extracted. Together with air temperature and air pressure data each individual turbine can be enhanced to be virtual met mast.

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Pdf Icon Introducing the spinner anemometer iSpin

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Pdf Icon iSpin sensor datasheet

Pdf Icon DNV GL: Review of the spinner anemometer iSpin from ROMO Wind (report)

Pdf Icon GL Garrad Hassan: Technology review of the ROMO Wind spinner anemometer (report)

Pdf Icon Spinner anemometry – an innovative wind measurement concept, by Risø National Laboratory (scientific paper)

Pdf Icon Aerodynamics and Characteristics of a Spinner Anemometer, by T. F. Pedersen, N. Sørensen and P. Enevoldsen (scientific paper)

Pdf Icon Calibration of a spinner anemometer for yaw misalignment (scientific paper)

Yaw misalignment

Yaw misalignment describes the deviation between the wind direction and the direction the nacelle is pointing to. Because the wind direction is constantly changing, a turbine cannot always point correctly into the wind. However, on average the yaw misalignment should always be close to zero degrees in order to fully extract the wind energy as well as be subjected to minimal loads.

Detecting and decreasing yaw misalignment can help to reduce production losses as well as to reduce loads. When referring to yaw misalignment it can be distinguished between the average yaw misalignment, called “static yaw misalignment”, and the variation around the “static yaw misalignment”, called “dynamic yaw misalignment”. Whereas static yaw misalignment can be corrected by changing yaw offset values, dynamic yaw misalignment is depending on the yaw control algorithm. Using spinner anemometry helps to detect and correct static yaw misalignment as well as identifying optimization potential for the turbine yaw control.

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Pdf Icon GL Garrad Hassan: Yaw misalignments and loads (report)

Pdf Icon Calibration of a spinner anemometer for yaw misalignment (scientific paper) 

Flow inclination

Flow inclination describes the angle between the horizontal plane and the direction of wind hitting the turbine. Coming from below, e.g. up-hill it is considered to be a positive, from down-hill to be negative angle. Flow inclination angles are related to the position of the wind turbine, the tilt angle and the RIX factor or slopes of nearby ground. The inclination angles can be measured by spinner anemometry due to its position on the hub. The influence in energy production has the same importance than yaw misalignment.

Besides comparing existing site evaluation reports with measured wind data, flow inclination data in connection with nacelle direction data could be used to perform sector wise power curve and load evaluations.

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Pdf Icon Measurement of rotor centre flow direction and turbulence in wind farm environment (scientific paper)

Turbulence intensity

Turbulence intensity quantifies how much the wind varies typically within a given average time, which is normally 10 minute. Because the fatigue loads of a number of major components in a wind turbine are mainly caused by turbulence, the knowledge of site specific turbulence characteristic is of crucial importance. Normally the wind speed increases with increasing height. In flat terrain the wind speed increases logarithmically with height. In complex terrain the wind profile is not a simple increase and additionally a separation of the flow might occur, leading to heavily increased turbulence.

Measuring the turbulence intensity directly at the turbine rotor offers a variety of applications. Besides comparing existing site evaluation reports with measured wind data, turbulence intensity information in connection with nacelle direction data could be used to perform sector wise power curve and load evaluations. Another possibility could be the usage of sector wise turbulence intensity information for advanced turbine control.

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Pdf Icon Measurement of rotor centre flow direction and turbulence in wind farm environment (scientific paper)

 

Performance monitoring

The performance of wind turbines is defined as power versus wind speed taking into account additional constraints like turbulence intensity, wind shear, slope and air density. Whereas the power output at a turbine can be measured precisely, the actual wind as input quantity for the turbine is difficult to meter. Commonly nacelle transfer functions (NTFs) which describe the relationship between met mast and conventional nacelle anemometry measurements are used to correct the nacelle anemometer output. These NTFs are normally established under free flow conditions and can lead to inaccurate wind speed results when it comes to application at actual sites.

With spinner anemometry wind quantities, like wind speed, turbulence intensity, inflow angles or wind shear can be measured. Due to its unique position at the spinner the nacelle transfer function (NTF) is considered to be much more robust compared to those of conventional nacelle anemometry. Together with air density derived from air pressure and air temperature measurements for the first time precise relative power curve measurements at the turbines can be performed. Besides verifying yaw misalignment correction improvements the relative power curve measurement can also be used to verify other production relevant improvement measures, like e.g. Vortex generators or further blade modifications. Especially for those improvement measures which do affect the nacelle transfer function (NTF) for the conventional nacelle anemometry the relative power curve measurement using iSpin can provide much more objective and transparent results to the client.

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