The Fifth Symposium on OpenFOAM® in Wind Energy (SOWE 2017) is hosted by the Department of Wind Energy at CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain). As in the previous editions, the symposium offers a space to share the latest developments based on OpenFOAM® for Wind Energy applications. The symposium brings together experts, beginners, developers and final end users to discuss the research results and techniques to solve the new demands of the Wind Energy sector.
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 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 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.