Wind Energy Monitoring at Inuvik High Point (2015-2017)
Principal Investigator: Trimble, Annika EV (33)
Licence Number: 15722
Organization: Aurora Research Institute
Licenced Year(s): 2018 2017 2016 2015 2015 2014 2013
Issued: Jul 21, 2015
Project Team: Jean-Paul Pinard (Project Engineer, JP Pinard Consulting), William Hurst (Project Technician, ARI), Annika Trimble (Project Coordinator, ARI)

Objective(s): To measure the wind energy potential at the Inuvik High Point for two years.

Project Description: The objective of this wind monitoring proposal is to measure the wind energy potential at the Inuvik High Point (approximately 6 km northeast of the Inuvik airport) for two years. This is part of an alternative energy study for the Inuvik area. Wind data will be collected using instruments on a wind tower that will be installed at the site. Two full years of wind measurements and an economic analysis will be necessary to confirm the wind energy potential at the Inuvik High Point site. The study was started in 2014, but the tower collapsed before data collection was completed.

1) Installation of wind tower and wind monitoring equipment at the proposed monitoring site.
The new tower will be installed at the exact same site as the previous tower (Inuvik High Point site). Equipment will be transported from Inuvik to the high point site by helicopter. The tower installation will consist of driving anchors into the ground, laying the tower and sensors out on the ground, installation of the tower and guy wires, and then lifting the tower into place using a ginpole and electric winch. No heavy equipment will be required during tower installation - only hand tools and small power tools.

The wind monitoring equipment that will be installed includes a 60m tower with anemometers (a sensor that measures wind speed and force) that will be positioned at 40m, 50m and 60m. All anemometers will be calibrated prior to installation. Other sensors will include a wind vane and temperature sensors.
The tower installation and instrumentation will be led by the project engineer, who has conducted all wind tower installations in the NWT to date. The engineer will be supported by technicians from the Aurora Research Institute (ARI). The engineer has been working on wind monitoring projects with ARI since 2004.

2) Wind monitoring data collection, analysis and reporting.
Data files will be transmitted via a satellite link, and downloaded remotely by the project engineer and technician. Reporting and data management will be the responsibility of both the project engineer and technician. Data will be collected from the wind tower for a period of two years. All data will be stored at ARI, and analyzed by the project engineer.

The results from this work will be compiled into a wind analysis report which will be posted on the Aurora Research Institute website ( Copies of the report will also be distributed to nearby community organizations and project partners, and a plain language report will be distributed to community members.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.