Wind power density forecasting using ensemble predictions and time series models.

TitleWind power density forecasting using ensemble predictions and time series models.
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsTaylor, JP, McSharry, PE, Buizza, R
Secondary TitleTechnical Memorandum
Number553
Abstract

Wind power is an increasingly used form of renewable energy. The uncertainty in wind generation is very largely due to the inherent variability in wind speed, and this needs to be understood by operators of power systems and wind farms. To assist with the management of this risk, this paper investigates methods for predicting the probability density function of generated wind power from one to 10 days ahead at five UK wind farm locations. These density forecasts provide a description of the expected future value and the associated uncertainty. We construct density forecasts from weather ensemble predictions, which are a relatively new type of weather forecast generated from atmospheric models. We also consider density forecasting from statistical time series models. The best results for wind power density prediction and point forecasting were produced by an approach that involves calibration and smoothing of the ensemble-based wind power density.