|WAsP has been employed for almost 25 years within wind power meteorology and in the wind power industry – and has become the industry-standard PC-software for wind resource assessment and siting of wind turbines and wind farms. WAsP runs on Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7, see the hardware and software requirements, and is sold as a single-user licence. Currently, more than 3900 users in over 110 countries and territories have used WAsP for:|
Many more details of what WAsP is all about are given in the WAsP Help system, which you may download from here: WAsP 10 on-line help-file (12,998 KB chm file). Also, you may find usefull information in document Getting Started with WAsP.
The WAsP software packageThe WAsP software package consists of 4 (or 5) Microsoft installer files: the WAsP program, the WAsP Climate Analyst, and the WAsP Map Editor. For WAsP10 or earlier versions there is also an installer-file for the WAsP Licencing System. The installation files may be downloaded from the software download page. The WAsP installation program also installs the WAsP Turbine Editor, a complete set of sample data files, several demonstration projects and the Danish Wind Atlas. Documentation is included as on-line help files.
The wind atlas methodologyWAsP is a PC-program for the vertical and horizontal extrapolation of wind climate statistics. It contains several physical models to describe the wind flow over different terrains and close to sheltering obstacles. WAsP is an implementation of the so-called wind atlas methodology, which may be summarised as follows:
- time-series of wind speed and direction —> observed wind climate (OWC)
- observed wind climate + site description —> regional wind climate (wind atlas data sets)
- regional wind climate + site description —> predicted wind climate (PWC)
- predicted wind climate + power curve —> annual energy production (AEP) of wind turbine
Wind farm production
- predicted wind climates + WTG characteristics + wind farm layout —> wind farm wake losses
- annual energy productions + wake losses —> net annual energy production of entire wind farm
Click here for more details about the wind atlas methodology, or check the European Wind Atlas for even more detailed descriptions.
WAsP at a glance
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WAsP general specifications
– System requirements, Installation guide, limitations, licensing, Licencing guide
Working with WAsP
– introduction to workspace, projects, set-up, options
The WAsP models
– flow model, roughness change model, model for sheltering obstacles, model for turbine wakes in wind farms
Reports and scripts
– standard and custom reports, batch mode
Input required by WAsP
– meteorological data, digital maps
Output generated by WAsP
– reports, data files