Renewable energy technical bulletins

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Our science bulletins bring you the latest thinking from the forefront of renewable energy weather and climate science.

Weather and climate have a huge impact on the success of both onshore and offshore renewable energy projects. Our technical science bulletins update the wind industry on various aspects of weather-related risk and share our pioneering developments and innovations that support the industry in managing the impacts of weather.

Our 'Setting the standards' bulletins deal with the development phase; 'Operational excellence' covers operations and maintenance, whilst 'The Future of Wind' looks ahead at what the industry may encounter in the future.  

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Setting the standards for site search for small and medium wind projects Setting the standards for site search for small and medium wind projects (PDF, 3 MB)

Finding accurate wind speed data for the purposes of searching large regions of the UK for suitable small and mediun wind project sites is a particular challenge. We have developed a set of long term average wind speeds, based on observation wind data from over 230 met stations located the length and breadth of the UK to provide a reliable source of local area long term average wind speeds.

Setting the standards for reducing uncertainty in wind assessments for medium wind projects Setting the standards for reducing uncertainty in wind assessments for medium wind projects (PDF, 1 MB)

Reduce the uncertainty in the long-term wind speed for any site by using the Met Office Virtual Met Mast Plus™, a fast and cost effective solution to producing a reliable wind assessment for any site.

Setting the standards for multiple site screening for small and medium wind projects Setting the standards for multiple site screening for small and medium wind projects (PDF, 472 kB)

You may be considering taking advantage of the current renewable wind energy Feed in Tariff for small and medium projects (up to 5MW) as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility objectives, to offset your carbon footprint, or perhaps to make a major contribution to your electricity costs.

Setting the standards for small and medium wind assessments Setting the standards for small and medium wind assessments (PDF, 518 kB)

Accurate and reliable site-screening data is essential for generating realistic expectations of wind resources and in turn, returns on investments for any project. The most commonly used wind data for site screening is NOABL (Numerical Objective Analysis of Boundary Layer). We have assessed the performance of Virtual Met Mast™ against NOABL. See the difference in performance of NOABL and Virtual Met Mast™ wind speeds at typical small and medium turbine hub heights of between 20m and 35m.

Setting the standards for asset optimisation Setting the standards for asset optimisation (PDF, 694 kB)
Monitoring weather conditions across a large portfolio of wind farms can be a big challenge when wind farms span a vast geographical area and have differing site-specific wind climatology. With detailed and highly accurate data about the real-time and forecast weather conditions at each site, operators can stay one step ahead of changing weather conditions reducing the potential for extended downtime, and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of staff and contractors.
Setting the standards for site-specific analysis Setting the standards for site-specific wind analysis (PDF, 1 MB)
There have been dramatic developments in renewable wind energy over the past ten years, with incentives for large scale wind developments through Renewable Option Certificates (ROCs) and the recent introduction of Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) to assist small landowners, as well as larger developers.
Setting the standards for offshore wind Setting the standards offshore (PDF, 1 MB)
The development, construction and operation costs of offshore wind projects can be significantly greater than onshore, where the need for accurate wind assessments to establish long-term profitability projections becomes even more critical.

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Last updated: 15 August 2014

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