Performance Evaluation of Wind Turbines

by Robert E. Akins, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Engrg. Sci. and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, Va.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 1, Pg. 19-29

Document Type: Journal Paper


A relatively straightforward technique termed the method of bins has been developed that may be used in the determination of the average output characteristics of a particular wind turbine. The technique is applicable to any size or type wind turbine. The output power of a wind turbine as a function of wind speed is not an adequate measure of the power production of a wind turbine. However, the output power as a function of wind speed can be combined with either a knowledge or an estimate of the wind characteristics at a particular location to predict the annual power produced by the turbine. This approach of estimating the annual power production of a wind turbine in some assumed environment is a useful way of evaluating different machines or of evaluating the effects of locating a particular machine at different sites.

Subject Headings: Wind speed | Wind power | Turbines | Site investigation

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