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WASA Scope of work

The project has a scope of work, which falls into six key Work Packages (WP):


WP1 – Mesoscale wind modelling

  • Wind classes
  • Terrain elevation
  • Terrain roughness
  • Model configuration
  • KAMM /WRF/WAsP statistical/dynamical downscaling
  • WRF – dynamical downscaling
  • Methods for satellite data input to mesoscale models
  • Post-processing of mesoscale outputs – coupling to microscale model
  • Mesoscale results vs. measured data
  • Creation of a Numerical Wind Atlas for Western Cape and areas of Northern and Eastern Cape
  • Training, including exchange of PhD’s.

WP2 – Wind measurements

  • Design of wind measuring system
  • Design of data acquisitions by GSM
  • Procurement, shipment, customs clearance, tax and VAT exemption, necessary import permits
  • Survey, screening and selection (if appropriate) of existing data from private measurements, agreement and confidentiality and value of data
  • Siting and necessary approvals
  • Consideration of appropriate mast design
  • Construction and installation
  • Recalibration
  • Operation, security and data collection
  • Data analyses
  • Technical training – upgrade with respect to wind energy related measurement systems.

WP3 – Micro scale wind modelling

  • Wind speed and direction distributions
  • Terrain elevation
  • Terrain roughness
  • Sheltering obstacles
  • WAsP modelling
  • Microscale results vs. measured data
  • Creation of Observational Wind Atlas for selected measurement sites in South Africa
  • WAsP training (Training of Trainers – ToT).

WP4 – Application for wind resource assessment

  • Mid-term Workshops for invited stakeholders from e.g. authorities, planners, developers, banks, scientists, etc.
  • Develop tools - guidelines and training materials – for CSIR courses on using the Numerical Wind Atlas for wind resource assessment
  • Course for trainers
  • Micro-scale resource map for 30-50% of the modelled areas in the three provinces, incl. integration as GIS layer
  • Seasonal variation of wind resources at the mast locations
  • Final Workshops and training of trainers for invited stakeholders, incl. opportunities for application in determination of extreme wind climate; seasonal forecasting; and other than wind energy.

WP5 – Extreme winds

  • Develop tools and guidelines
  • Course for trainers
  • Workshops as technical working sessions and progress reporting for PIU
  • Better understanding of the estimation of extreme winds
  • Capacity development of theoretical aspects of extreme wind estimation
  • Application of mesoscale modelling results to the estimation of an extreme wind climate of South Africa Eastern Cape.

WP6 – Documentation and dissemination

  • Prepare and disseminate research publications of the results of the twinning programme, incl. final book and homepage publication
  • Prepare national wind seminars for dissemination of the results of the twinning programme
  • Establish and document research cooperation between South African and international wind research partners.



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