Patent Number: 7,822,582

Title: Method and system of determining a location for a wind-powered electrical energy facility

Abstract: A method and system determines a location of a conversion device for converting wind energy into electrical energy by considering both technical and economic viability factors. One or more qualified wind data regions are established within a geographic area. Each qualified wind data region meets or exceeds a wind velocity criteria over a requisite time period. Distribution accessible zones are established where a desired range of electrical energy is distributable via existing distribution infrastructure. Candidate regions are determined based on the overlap of the regions and the zones. Land data is obtained and is associated with the candidate region. The land data may comprise at least one of a land use and a holder of an interest in real property associated with the candidate region. A selector selects a preferential region, for placement of a conversion device, from the candidate regions based on a land data.

Inventors: Mertins; Karl-Heinz Otto (Davenport, IA), Fulkerson; William Francis (Bettendorf, IA), Halterman; Jerry Ray (Fort Collins, CO), Muehlbach; George Bailey (Fort Collins, CO), Joshi; Deepak Jugatram (Davenport, IA)

Assignee: Deere & Company

International Classification: G06F 17/50 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00