Virtual Met Mast™ Time Series site specific long term wind statistics and data can be used as input to site design and power yield analysis software packages.
Hindcasts have been produced by downscaling ERA-Interim data to 4km over Europe using various configurations of the Unified Model. The hindcast data is then further downscaled using the Virtual Met Mast™ model to produce site specific long term wind statistics and time series data. The process currently produces up to 25 years of hourly time series data with high temporal consistency. This data can be used as input to site design and power yield analysis software packages.
Virtual Met Mast™ is generated from the Met Office Unified Model suite of atmospheric and metocean models. The Unified Model is recognised as one of the most advanced numerical prediction models in the world and is used by other international met services. The Global, European and UK models currently run at 25 km, 4 km and 1.5 km respectively.
A verification report for Virtual Met Mast™ is available and describes the methodology and verification process. It presents the results of comparing the model data with monitored data, covering a range of terrain complexities and hub heights. The report defines the extensive data sources utilised, the analytical process followed and provides objective and quantified uncertainty analysis and statistics.
Contact us for our latest verification report which shows the performance of Virtual Met Mast™ outputs.
Virtual Met Mast™ is updated continually to improve the accuracy of the wind speed data in terms of both bias and correlation. A higher resolution model will shortly be available to target sites with higher orographic complexity. For international developers, a global version will ensure that reports and time series data will be available for anywhere in the world.
Last updated: 29 July 2014
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