Compared to traditional weather radars, the Dual-Doppler Radar System is equipped with much higher resolution and accuracy. Its distinctive feature is the installation of two radar stations, which scan two million data points and convert them into a 3D wind field image. It is capable of not only measuring wind, but also supporting the prediction of wind speed and direction, providing a more comprehensive understanding of wind farm conditions.
The System can further be used to understand the dynamics of typhoons and tropical weather phenomena. This is also the first time that 3D scanning technology is used for exploring marine weather in the Asia-Pacific region, which can play a key role in optimizing future wind farm design.
Christy Wang, General Manager of Ørsted Taiwan, says: “The inauguration of the Dual-Doppler Radar System is an achievement well demonstrating close global collaboration with a project team across Ørsted’s Taiwanese and American companies. Meanwhile, we work together with the Taiwan’s academic research community on this flagship project to significantly improve our understanding of local wind and weather conditions, as well as how the weather extremes influence wind energy.”
“The data collected will improve deployment of offshore wind farms and the accuracy of operating models, not only in Taiwan, but also globally, thereby contributing to offshore wind development and energy transition.”
Ørsted has built an academic collaboration and knowledge-sharing network to offer observational data for local and international academic research programmes. This network comprises of six partners, including National Taiwan University, National Central University, Chinese Culture University, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Technical University of Denmark, and SmartWind Technologies.
Ørsted is open to further engagement with other relevant bodies and expand the collaboration network to facilitate more research on typhoons and wind, thus strengthening Taiwan’s wind energy technology and its leading role in Asia-Pacific offshore wind.