Site feasibility studies

Site feasibility studies

DNV GL provides holistic support to inform effective site choice and helps clients understand both their short and long-term exposure to external power market influences.

Choosing the right site for a wind farm is critical to its commercial success but the many factors involved including meteorology, turbine technology, electrical engineering, civil engineering and environmental issues can make it a challenging task. DNV GL has the skills and capabilities to combine all the required disciplines to undertake a site feasibility study enabling the developer to make a well-informed decision on the best route forward.

This service is offered at the initial stage of project development where developers require a general overview of their site(s) and an assessment of how feasible the site(s) may be. DNV GL usually delivers a multi-criteria study of a proposed site, combining a preliminary analysis of the wind resource and expected energy production, foundation concept, interconnection potential, construction complexity and consenting issues. If various sites are being considered, DNV GL can also provide a weighted ranking of sites to assist developers in choosing the best one.

A typical service package includes:

  • Initial mapping of site constraints e.g. natural features, special uses, regulatory requirements; pre-screening for interference with military operations or other radio-communication issues
  • Development of a preliminary layout and therefore capacity of the site
  • An initial wind resource (likely to rely on meso-scale wind mapping), energy production and high level financial analysis
  • Identification of a range of turbine models, suggested for further consideration at the site
  • A grid connection study
  • Details of case studies are available on request.

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