Cruach Mhor wind project was installed in Northern Scotland, UK It was in fact brought online in 2004 and is owned by ScottishPower.
It is near Argyll & Bute.
See below for data.
As a general rule, economic wind power generators require a wind speed of 4.5 m/s (16 km/h) or greater.
The best place for a project like Cruach Mhor would have a near constant flow of non-turbulent wind year round, having a minimum chance of sudden powerful bursts of wind. An essential aspect of turbine siting is also access to local requirement or transmission capaArgyll & Bute.
Before construction, Cruach Mhor was probably screened on the foundation of a wind atlas, and validated with wind measurements. Meteorological wind data alone is usually not adequate for exact siting of a large wind power project.
Assortment of site-specific data for wind speed and direction would have been imperative to determining site potential to be able to finance the project. Winds around Argyll & Bute are evaluated for at least a year or so plus the introduction of detailed maps. Only then are wind turbines installed.
The wind blows swifter at greater altitudes because of the reduced effect of drag. The surge in velocity with altitude is most dramatic at the surface and is affected by landscape, surface roughness, and upwind limitations such as trees or buildings. Velocity rises with altitude and is also more obvious near land and is altered by geography, surface and hurdles.
Wind speeds increasing with altitude is part of a wind energy law. This Northern Scotlands wind speed rises with the 7th root of altitude. Doubling the altitude of a turbine, then, boosts the predicted wind speeds by 10%, and the expected power by 34%.
In general, a length of 7D (7 × Rotor Diameter of the Wind Turbine) is about between each turbine in a fully developed wind farm. But micrositing increases placement, specially in hilly areas.
Cruach Mhor turbines are connected via medium voltage lines and communications.
At a substation, this kind of medium-voltage electric energy is enhanced in voltage with a transformer for connection to the high voltage transmission system. Development of a land-based wind farm requires setting up the collector system and substation, and probably access roads to each and every turbine site.
Facts about Cruach Mhor wind farm
- Name: Cruach Mhor
- Wind turbine Supplier: Siemens, Model: 2.3MW, Units: 95,
- Country: UK
- Developer: ScottishPower
- State: Northern Scotland
- City: Argyll & Bute
- Owner: ScottishPower