AWS Truepower released a new global wind trends service that allows recipients to see within days variations in the wind resource of their site or region over the preceding calendar month and quarter. This service upgrades and replaces the current wind trends service, and because of the release schedule of the ERAI data set on which it is based, it trailed actual trends by up to three months.
The new service is based on a custom combination of three reanalysis datasets: ERA-Interim, MERRA, and CFSR. The use of CFSR, which is released daily by the U.S. national weather agencies, is what permits the rapid update. At the same time, the incorporation of ERA-I and MERRA allows for the correction of known inconsistencies in the historical CFSR data, and provides a more reliable indication of long-term conditions.
“Wind-plant owners and investors are increasingly demanding near real-time information on windiness and its effect on wind plant output,” said Michael Brower, President and CTO of AWS Truepower. “This is key to understanding how their assets are performing. Our rapid update wind trends service helps meet this need.”
Highlights of Q3 2015 Wind Trends Bulletin include:
- In the third quarter of 2015, winds were above normal relative to the long-term, first quarter norm (1988-2014) across northern Brazil, central Asia, and portions of southeast Asia.
- Winds were below normal across the northeast United States, central South America, eastern China, northwestern Africa, and southern Australia.
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