2016-08-18. A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead.

posted Aug 19, 2016, 12:55 PM by Alan Gould
By Stanley Reed, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: AARHUS, Denmark — A project to install hundreds of wind turbines in the Fosen peninsula area of Norway at one point was shelved as unfeasible. The strong breezes that whip off the sea can shift and swing unpredictably, while the soaring cliffs and steep drop-offs create turbulence that wears out expensive equipment. The venture was rescued with a lot of help from the mathematical calculations of Vestas Wind Systems, a Danish wind power company. ...Producing wind power is also getting cheaper. In some parts of the world, like India, setting up a wind farm to power a factory or a town nearby can even be more practical than conventional methods like building a natural gas pipeline. It is competitive with fossil fuels even in oil-rich places like the Texas Panhandle in the United States, the company’s largest market. Under favorable circumstances, Mr. Vos pegs Panhandle wind costs at about $29 a megawatt-hour, a wholesale measurement, over the life of a project, compared with $33 a megawatt-hour for a new gas-fired plant in the United States. ...Vestas has been refining mathematical techniques to predict the speed, variability and other characteristics of wind for more than a decade. ...  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/19/business/energy-environment/denmark-vestas-wind-renewable-energy.html