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NREL National Wind Technology Center (NWTC): M2 Tower; Boulder, Colorado (Data)

The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder, Colorado, is a world-class research facility managed by NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy. NWTC researchers work with members of the wind energy industry to advance wind power technologies that lower the cost of wind energy through research and development of state-of-the-art wind turbine designs. NREL's Measurement and Instrument Data Center provides data from NWTC's M2 tower which are derived from instruments mounted on or near an 82 meter (270 foot) meteorological tower located at the western edge of the NWTC site and about 11 km (7 miles) west of Broomfield, and approximately 8 km (5 miles) south of Boulder, Colorado. The data represent the mean value of readings taken every two seconds and averaged over one minute. The wind speed and direction are measured at six heights on the tower and air temperature is measured at three heights. The dew point temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, totalized liquid precipitation, and global solar radiation are also available.
- Originated 03/24/2016 by National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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 Wind Measurement Data for NREL National Wind Technology Center M2 Tower Boulder ColoradowebsiteDatasets currently available including "Live" graphical display, updated every 60 seconds. "Live" PDA display, updated every 60 seconds. "Live" data and plots, updated every 60 seconds. Daily plots and raw data files, are available from September 24, 1996 to yesterday. Solar Calendars, are available from September 1996 to the present month. Wind roses (monthly, seasonal, & yearly) are available since October 1996 to last month. DOI 10.7799/1052222
 Bibliography for Wind Measurement Data for NREL National Wind Technology Center M2 Tower Boulder ColoradowebsiteResource bibliography on SciTech Connect. DOI 10.7799/1052222


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•  DEC  • 18 2014

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Jager, D.; Andreas, A. (2014): NREL National Wind Technology Center (NWTC): M2 Tower; Boulder, Colorado (Data). National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

About this dataset

id 33
DOI 10.7799/1052222
status Publicly accessible
last updated soon

DOE Project

GO28308 Unknown

Research Areas

  • Energy Analysis
  • Wind Energy

Additional Subjects

  • Instrumentation
  • Knowledge Management

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