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Wind Power Forecasting Service Launched
Posted Thu January 14, 2010 @07:03PM
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News Natural Power has announced ForeSite, a wind farm power output forecasting service.

ForeSite leverages the local weather forecasts of meteoblue®, a leading independent meteorological forecaster, who operate their own high resolution models proven to consistently deliver top quality forecasts for any location across five continents.

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This best-of-breed meteorological forecasting is merged with Natural Power’s industry-leading practical consulting services, bringing knowledge from the ground up to improve the accuracy, accessibility and usefulness of energy forecasts for individual wind farm sites.

ForeSite gives operators precise hourly forecasts of wind potential and energy generation up to 6 days ahead. Operators can access and process the forecasts on a daily or hourly basis – hourly forecasts give the expected instantaneous production of the wind farm from 6 hours up to 6 days ahead as required, whilst daily forecasts give the total expected energy production of the wind farm for the complete day following the forecast date, up to 7 days ahead. Further optional features are the inclusion of planned turbine curtailment or downtimes.

ForeSite brings forecast accuracy to top levels, by combining highly accurate local forecasts with downscaling and inclusion of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) on top of the model described above. Natural Power deploy VENTOS® – the industry leading CFD model – on ForeSite projects to provide improved downscaling based on topography and roughness to reduce learning time and further refine accuracy.

ForeSite compliments Natural Power’s existing technical and management services. In yet another innovation, forecasts are combined with Melogale™, Natural Power’s leading asset management and optimisation service, to improve the accuracy of information provided to the forecast model, and integrates on-the-ground operational information, such as planned downtime, into the power forecasts.

On the successful launch of ForeSite, Oisin Brady, Managing Director at Natural Power France said “With utility companies & independent power producers demanding accurate wind power forecasts Natural Power are pleased to announce the release of ForeSite to meet our client’s needs. We believe our product to be one step ahead of the rest, utilising our VENTOS and Melogale services to improve accuracy and reduce learning time on projects. We have firm plans to further develop the renewable energy applications of ForeSite and are developing innovative and interactive delivery methods. We are already working with clients on their forecasting projects and can help wind farm owners immediately.”

Karl Gutbrod, CEO of meteoblue, welcomed the product launch and exclusive arrangement with Natural Power, commenting “meteoblue have been providing forecasting services to a range of industries for the past three years and we have quickly established ourselves as one of the leading providers. We are delighted to now bring these services to the wind industry, combined with Natural Power’s proven renewable energy consulting expertise, in the form of ForeSite.”

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