Orsted Initiates Dual-Doppler Radar System to Strengthen Measurement and Research on Taiwan’s Wind Energy

published: 2021-12-09 9:30 | editor: | category: News

Orsted announced on the 1st of December that the Dual-Doppler Radar System, located in Hsinchu and Miaoli, will officially initiate operation, and be used to collect climate conditions unique to the Asia-Pacific, as well as facilitate offshore wind power development in Taiwan. Orsted will also share the collected data from the radars with local research institutions so as to elevate the precision of observation and analysis of Taiwan’s climate.

As pointed out by Orsted, the Dual-Doppler Radar System, compared to traditional meteorological radars, is able to provide statistics that are higher in definition and precision. Utilizing the two radar stations established at different regions, this particular system cross scans more than two million data points and transforms the data into 3D wind farm images, which can be used to measure wind force, as well as predict wind speed and direction, in order to fully grasp the wind status of wind farms. In addition, the system is also used to further understand the dynamics of typhoons and tropical weather. This will be the first time that the oceanic climate in the Asia-Pacific will be observed through a 3D scanning technology, which can be applied to optimize wind farm designs in the future.

Christy Wang, the General Manager of Orsted Taiwan, commented that the initiation of the Dual-Doppler Radar System has demonstrated the cohesive collaboration and essential achievements from the international project taskforce formed by the Taiwan and US branches of Orsted. Furthermore, Wang commented that the participation in this flagship wind power program with local Taiwanese research institutions has allowed the company to probe into the wind and climate status of Taiwan, as well as the impact of extreme climate to wind power generation.

Wang believes that these precious information pertaining to climate and wind force can be used to optimize future designs and establishment of offshore wind farms, as well as improve the precision of the projection model for operations. The information can also be used everywhere in the world and not just local wind farms in Taiwan, which in turn contribute significantly to the development of the overall offshore wind power industry and energy transformation.

Orsted, at the same time, announced that the company has established an integrated collaboration mechanism and a global knowledge sharing network with partners, including National Taiwan University, National Central University, Chinese Culture University, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Technical University of Denmark, and US tech company SmartWind Technologies, for the purpose of providing the observed data to local and international academic research programs.

 (Cover photo source: Orsted)

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