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Here’s something cool. Debbie Jacklich-Kuiken, National Wind Assessment’s resident meteorologist/mechanical engineer extraordinaire was recently featured on the cover of PE magazine. The cover was promoting a feature highlighting the accomplishments of 20 young engineers, one of whom was, obviously, Debbie.

National Wind and National Wind Assessments congratulate Debbie on the honor, and thank her for all of her hard work doing wind assessment.

Also, I want one of those sweet National Wind jackets. Can anybody help me out with that?

Here’s the inside blurb on her extraordinary work:

Before building a community wind project, extensive research must be done to assess the area’s wind energy resource and to determine how financially practical the project will be. Because wind resource assessment determines the feasibility of the project, it is one of the most important steps developers must take before beginning project development. The research compiled in this stage is also necessary to acquire appropriate financing from lenders by proving to them that the project is economically viable in this regard.

Wind assessment is completed in several different phases. The first is an initial assessment, which includes researching existing data about the site and its weather. State wind resource maps, weather measurement sites, and other nearby wind resource data help make rough projections about the financial feasibility of a project. State wind resource maps can provide developers with a good idea of the wind potential in the area by determining what wind class the site would fall under. For example, a class three site provides marginal wind farm productivity, class four is promising, and class five is excellent.

Later, additional information about the site is gathered and researchers make use of wind direction vanes, data loggers, and meteorological towers. The data collected during this stage is compared to pre-existing information from the last ten years or earlier. This comparison helps determine whether the information collected represents a low, medium, or high wind year, which in turn allows for more accurate, long-term production estimates. National Wind Assessments, the wind resource analysis division of National Wind, offers a comprehensive wind resource analysis package which includes on-site meteorological (met) tower installation. National Wind Assessments sells and installs NRG’s 60 meter met towers and Composite Tower Solutions 80 meter met tower.

On-site meteorological towers measure wind speeds, wind direction, and other information about the air such as relative humidity and temperature, which helps determine the optimal placement of wind turbines. A turbine layout for the wind farm is then created based on the wind data collected.

A project’s estimated energy production and financial performance, calculated from this on-site data, must be acceptable to a bank that is lending money to the project to be considered “bankable” – an important factor in getting the project started. “Bankable” means a project that can provide enough wind energy to generate revenue and pay off its debt. Developers must be able to prove this to lenders in order to receive funding for the initial cost of installing a wind turbine.

Additionally, annual energy production for worst and best case scenarios and a projected cash flow model help make sure that projections are reasonably accurate, allowing the project to pay its debt.

The quality of research conducted in assessing the wind resource will ultimately affect the decisions of lenders and investors to participate in the project. Obviously, the larger the project, the more expansive assessment efforts must be. Without gathering effective and convincing data at this stage, it will be difficult for a project to receive proper funding to begin development.

National Wind Assessments, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and Grand Forks, ND, announces today that it is the exclusive US dealer of Composite Tower Solutions 80-meter meteorological (met) towers. Most met towers installed today are typically 50 to 60 meters in height, although most wind turbines are being erected on 80 meter or taller towers. Met towers installed at this 80 meter height, increase the accuracy of the wind data, allowing us to determine the best sites for turbine placement. National Wind Assessments recently installed an 80-meter composite met tower in Fillmore County, MN for National Wind’s 300 megawatt Root River Energy wind farm development.

Composite Tower Solutions has the world’s most advanced lattice tilt-up towers. An innovative lattice prism design enables the towers to be lightweight, lowering wind resistance and easing transportation. View pictures at http://www.windassessments.com

View the press release below:

National Wind Assessments Signs An Exclusive Dealership Agreement With Revolutionary Meteorological Tower Manufacturer

Minneapolis, Minnesota – October 31, 2008- National Wind Assessments announced today an agreement with Composite Tower Solutions, becoming the first exclusive US dealer of their 80 meter meteorological (met) towers. National Wind Assessments recently installed an 80-meter composite met tower in Fillmore County for National Wind’s 300 megawatt Root River Energy wind farm development (Go to http://www.windassessments.com to view pictures.)

A met tower is a multi-instrument device which records wind speeds, wind direction, temperature, and air density over time, leading to a complete depiction of the wind attributes of a project site. Composite Tower Solutions has the world’s most advanced lattice tilt-up towers. An innovative lattice prism design enables the towers to be lightweight, lowering wind resistance and easing transportation. This design also increases the tower’s capability of handling the harshest climate conditions.

“The industry is moving toward using taller, 80-meter met towers because they can measure wind speeds at the height wind turbines operate,” says Kevin Romuld, President of National Wind Assessments. “Most met towers installed today are typically 50 to 60 meters in height, although most wind turbines are being erected on 80 meter or taller towers. Met towers installed at this height, increase the accuracy of the wind data, allowing us to determine the best sites for turbine placement. Composite Tower Solutions’ lattice prism technology is also a cost-effective alternative to shorter towers. ”

Composite Tower Solutions, Inc is a US-based company located in Provo Utah. For over a decade, the composite technology company has developed and manufactured composite towers for wind resource assessment needs.

“National Wind Assessments’ team members have the advanced experience, expertise, and industry relationships necessary to help our taller towers become the industry standard,” says Dr. Ted Clark, CEO of Composite Tower Solutions. “With shorter towers, wind data must be mathematically transformed to provide an estimate for the actual height wind turbines operate. This estimation always includes some errors. Utilities, financiers, and wind developers want the most accurate wind calculations available, error-free, so they can realize increased commercial wind energy production. Measurement errors due to lower than hub height data provide less certainty in project revenue, so bankers and investors have to be more cautious in funding projects when accurate hub height data is not available.”

National Wind Assessments is the first dealer of Composite Tower Solutions within the US. The company has exclusive rights to sell and install these towers in the following states: Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. National Wind Assessments can extend installation and sales of Composite Towers throughout North America, but exclusive rights remain within the specified states.

About National Wind Assessments:
National Wind, LLC, acquired National Wind Assessments, formerly Romuld Wind Consulting, in 2007. Kevin Romuld, President of National Wind Assessments, and founder of Romuld Wind Consulting, supervises this division. Their expert consultants provide comprehensive wind assessments. They provide meteorological tower sales, meteorological tower installation, wind data acquisition, site analysis and modeling, wind farm design and layout, projected energy production and turbine recommendations. Their wind consulting team has worked on over 100 wind projects, primarily in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Colorado, Iowa and Ohio. Please visit http://www.nationalwindassessments.com for more information.

About Composite Tower Solutions: Composite Tower Solutions, Inc is a US based company located in Provo Utah. It is a composite technology company that develops and manufactures a superior & propriety state of art composite towers for wind recourse assessment needs. Currently common applications are meteorological towers, weather towers and data collection and instrumentation towers. In the future, wide variety of applications with a range of diameters will be possible. For more information please visit http://compositetower.com/.

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