Initially, estimating the cost and performance of a wind power plant was difficult. Scientists were unable to cost the development of working turbines in an environment that they will be efficient. The creation and installation of wind power plants is a complex task ranging from modeling and determining the wind’s flow. Scientists realized that they have to think beyond the purchasing of turbines to the evolution of wind power from the direction the wind is flowing.
ExaWind started investigating the variables that a company must consider while installing wind turbines, and finally, the wind power station’s design to maximize the generation of electricity. ExaWind conducts all these operations basing on the simulations it has developed. The company stated that it has been using computers to simulate the wind power stations’ development process to estimate its costs, required resources, and the environmental changes that the system would generate.
The US Energy Department established ExaWind and Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) simulation project to partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) to develop the best system for companies to grow the wind power plants. The above program currently operates on millions of dollars with a workforce of 40 developers who will be working on the project from the institutions in which they perform their duties.
ExaWind is like a software that enables researchers to simulate the flow dynamics of a plant so that engineers can project the resources they must pump into the projects for it to grow to another level. ExaWind will be running on supercomputers with a high-speed browsing rate to save time on the projections, displaying the most practical scenario while securing this data from unauthorized viewers.
The calculation speed is vital for the researchers to predict the wind turbines’ response along the shorelines and their rigidity from being carried away by the wind. The researchers will be able to design efficient turbines that maximize the wind’s speed to activate the production of wind electricity. ExaWind’s chief researcher, Michael Sprague, explained that the simulation helps engineers understand a windfarm’s operations to prepare them to adjust their design plans to git the wind power plant. Additionally, the simulation helps the engineers to forecast the challenges they must prepare to handle.
Finally, ExaWind intends to collaborate with the likes of General Electric to gain practical experience on how they can improve the simulations. Additionally, the software engineers will factor in the latest wind farm technology developments to fix the theoretical concepts that do not apply to the real project.