The first phase of the IEA Task 31 "Wakebench" finished on October 2014. A proposal to extend the Task for three more years was approved by the IEA-Wind Executive Committe.
The WINDBENCH platform is developed to guide developers and end-users on best practices for using wind flow models based on quality assurance procedures that are mutually recognized by the wind community as standards of good practice. To this end, the platform offers an updated inventory of models, a repository of quality checked test cases for model verification and validation and documentation to orient the user. Standards of good practice are built from model intercomparison benchmarks with different levels of complexity.
The kick-off meeting of the IEA Task 31 WAKEBENCH "Benchmarking of Wind Farm Flow Models" took place at CENER's headquarters in Sarriguren, Spain, between the 4th and the 7th of October 2011. The aim of this task is to provide a forum for industrial, governmental and academic partners to develop, evaluate and improve atmospheric boundary layer and wind turbine wake models for use in wind energy.