Atlantic's Renewable Energy Division provides wind power consulting, permitting services and engineering services. To date we have been involved in the siting analysis, permitting and design of over 50 wind turbine project sites throughout New England. Atlantic has the unique skills for effective wind turbine project assessment and feasibility through permitting and construction.
Micro Siting and Wind Assessments
Use of our in-house proprietary wind mapping software, GIS capabilities, CADD systems, and WindPro software allow us to complete comprehensive wind assessments and technical drawings in accordance with the accelerated program schedules of the wind generation industry. Atlantic's Wind Contouring ability helps streamline the micrositing of large and small scale wind turbines based on area specific wind regimes.
Once conceptual site and wind contour modeling has been completed, a more precise process known as mirco-siting helps maximize efficiency and mitigate environmental impacts. Through analyses of available meterological tower records Atlantic extrapolates specific data to estimate wind conditions at various potential siting locations.
Video and Photosimulations
Community outreach has become one of the most important apects of wind turbine selection, siting and permitting. Once a project is deemed feasible, photosimulations and videosimulations often become a major factor in the renewable process.
Photosimulations superimpose an object using computer based geometry and a coordinate system to provide an accurate representation of proposed conditions. Our modeling includes detailed specifications such as a wind turbine make and model as well as specific height, blade and nacelle propoerties.
During our videosimulations process, we also take into account a wind turbines rotor speed and the site specific prevailing wind direction. Wind speeds obtained from our wind contouring calculations predict the rotor speeds that will most often be observed.
Shadow Flicker and Noise Impact Studies
Shadow Flicker Impact Studies
Shadow flicker is an effect resulting from the shadows cast from wind turbines by the rotating turbine blades on a sunny day. Using WindPro Software, developed by EMD International, the experienced shadow flicker can be calculated for any window, patio or specific area of a property as a result of a wind turbine. Shadow flicker modeling is performed using variables such as wind direction, cloud cover, elevation, site specific wind speeds and turbine model specifications.
Noise Impact Studies
Turbines can emit audible sound through both mechanical vibrations and aerodynamic sources produced by the flow of air over the blades. As part of our environmental siting and mitigation process an extensive noise study is generally performed. Using site specific wind speeds, ambient sound, ground attenuation and wind turbine noise specifications the noise levels around the site are calculated for each proposed turbine model and location.