Putting systems in place to measure wind speed is an important part of offshore projects, so that the output volume can be checked, however, it should also help to give an insight into which areas are receiving the best wind speeds and are best suited for new wind farm development.
A new project, developed by a consortium of Dutch organisations, is now hoping to produce an atlas which will give highly accurate wind speed readings for the North Sea as an aid for future developments.
The DOWA project, also known as the Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas, should have applications in energy production estimations, wind farm design and more.
According to Remco Verzijlbergh, Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Whiffle, which is a key partner in the project, the key objectives of the project are to help reduce the weather-related uncertainties which are often quoted as the main limitation of wind energy.
This in turn should help wind energy shed even more costs for producing energy, something that has seen this mode of energy generation become an even hotter topic of conversation regarding the UK's future in renewable energy.
The DOWA project team are using complex methodology to map the region, including weather and wind farm models, according to The Maritime Journal.
The new atlas will not only contain more accurate readings from over a period of 24 hours, it will combine with the current KNMI North Sea Wind Atlas to provide readings from a higher altitude, including air levels from 600m, while the current atlas only hits heights of 200m.
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