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New Book Explains Meteorology for Wind Energy Professionals

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Paris 18 November: Dr Lars Landberg, a meteorologist at DNV GL, has written a book that will help non-meteorologists understand the critical concepts that underpin wind energy technology and project success.
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The fundamentals of meteorology dictate the success or failure of wind projects, says Dr Landberg, yet many of the industry’s decision makers lack a ready resource for understanding the important theoretical concepts they need.

“In Meteorology for Wind Energy: An Introduction, I have focused on the requirements of the industry, explaining the important concepts that are directly relevant to commercial projects. This focus makes learning easier and quicker – there’s no need to wade through large, generic texts trying to determine what is really relevant to the practical application of meteorology,” he explains.

Dr Landberg draws on over 25 years of experience as a scientist, consultant and trainer in the wind energy sector to give readers an understanding of weather and the data analysis and prediction tools used to understand it. The 224-page book starts with an explanation of how wind forms and how it is measured. Wind properties such as flow at all atmospheric scales, turbulence and wakes are examined, followed by a discussion on modelling, its resolution and accuracy.

“In all cases, the reader is led through very simple concepts to more advanced theories with the use of examples. The theoretical explanations and practical guidance given make the book a reference text for developers, equipment manufacturers, consultants and project managers,” says Landberg.

Meteorology for Wind Energy: An Introduction is published by Wiley and was launched at the annual European Wind Energy conference in Paris today – November 18th.
 
About Lars Landberg
Lars Landberg has been working in the wind energy field since 1989. The first 18 years at Risø National Laboratory (now DTU Wind), a research lab in Denmark. In 2007 he joined Garrad Hassan  which later on has become a part of DNV GL. His main areas of expertise are wind resource estimation and short-term prediction of wind power. Lars Landberg has a PhD in physics and geophysics from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from Warwick Business School, United Kingdom.

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