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.
Windbench: V&V Repositories for Wind Energy
The WINDBENCH verification and validation (V&V) platform is developed to guide wind energy model developers and end-users on best practices for the evaluation of models. To this end, the platform offers an updated inventory of models, a repository of quality checked test cases for model evaluation and documentation to orient the user. Best practice guidelines are built from model intercomparison benchmarks with different levels of complexity.
V&V benchmarks are typically developed in the frame of a research project. Windbench offers hosting for a project space from which test case (experiment description) and benchmark (model intercomparison) instances are produced. Contents in windbench can be open-access or restricted by access control ruled by an associated manager.
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.