A special issue of International Journal of Global Energy Issues
Wind modelling is one of the most exciting and challenging topics to have come along. It is not every day that one gets to be present at and participate in the birth of a technology that has the potential to make a major impact on the way we produce a commodity that is the essential lifeblood of our modern society.
Improved understanding of the propagation of large-scale solar wind disturbances is needed to support space weather research and forecasting. Essential to this effort are computational models capable of simulating the propagation, evolution, and interaction of transient disturbances on their way to Earth. Recent advances in numerical methods and parallel computer systems make it possible to tackle complicated, more realistic ambient and transient solar wind flows. Recent progress can be reviewed in this area, with special attention to 3-D dynamic phenomena and their possible appearance in in-situ and line-of-sight observations
The aim of the special issue is to provide a significant effort to bring current modelling ability "up to speed." Current long term modelling is grossly inaccurate and dramatically overstates integration costs for planning purposes. We now know enough based on world experience and preliminary results from improvements in operational modelling to “start over” with long term models.
The objectives include describing wind modelling capabilities and limitations of the various models and presenting possible improvements. Analysis of local and regional wind patterns using computer models is needed. This involves understanding the roles played by the ocean, and the coastal mountain ranges in generating observed winds.
In this special issue, presentation of a summary of recent approaches in solar wind modelling is desirable. The plasma parameters characterising the solar wind models could be compared to constraints inferred from in-situ and remote observations.
Discussions about the implications of the results obtained from this for future model studies and observations will then take place. Emphasis should be placed on high-speed solar wind streams originating from large coronal holes. An improved knowledge of the physical conditions in the low corona and solar wind can only be obtained through careful comparisons between theoretical descriptions of the solar wind expansion and plasma parameters derived from observations.
Papers are welcome on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- At site and regional wind frequency analysis and the pollutants' influence area
- Wind variability and predictability, estimating wind frequency for natural ventilation
- Advances in stochastic wind modelling for wind erosion estimation particularly for arid areas Modelling power quality/grid stability, wind speed and wind power density maps
- Wind modelling using computer software such as WindSim, WindPRO/WAsP for highly complex alpine sites
- Multiparticle statistical approach to the solar wind modelling, recent developments in solar wind modelling
- Sampling and characterisation of the turbulence vertical distribution, wind modelling and exhaust stack configuration
- Wind farm management, wind modelling and shield design in agriculture
- Modelling the kilowatt potentials that exist in the winds, cost/performance modelling of wind turbines
- Modelling for identifying locations that would be most appropriate for the sitting of wind energy generators
- Sensitivity of relevant time scales for wind modelling, mesoscale wind modelling
- Wind modelling in construction management, wind analysis for dam construction
- Sprinkler irrigation management in windy areas, wind modelling and plant water requirement Modelling regulation/spin requirements, unit dispatch/load following impacts, unit commitment/scheduling impacts, capacity value
- Choices in wind resource inputs for modelling, data estimation methods for wind modelling including wind resource data assumptions
Proposal submission: 15 June, 2007
Notification of acceptance: 15 July, 2007
Manuscript Submission: 30 September 2007
Reviewer Selection: 30 October 2007
Manuscript First review: 30 November 2007
Author Notification of First Review: 30 December 2007
Paper Resubmission: 28 February 2008
Manuscript Second Review: 30 March 2008
Author Notification of Second Review: 30 April 2008
Paper Resubmission: 30 May 2008
Manuscript Third Review: 30 June 2008
Author Notification of Third Review: 30 July 2008
Acceptance or Rejection: 30 August 2008
Guest Editor Report: 30 September 2008