The Met Office has launched a weather forecasting tool aimed at the wind energy sector.
Its new Wind Production Forecast is a site specific forecasting service for wind farms aimed at helping energy generators make accurate short-term assessments of power production.
This will use high resolution site-specific modelling to produce half-hourly predictions over a six-day period.
Tom McIlwaine, senior renewables consultant at the Met Office, said: “Using the Wind Production Forecast gives operators the knowledge they need to make informed decisions to maximise output whilst minimising the risk of having to generate or buy energy from elsewhere, or face penalty charges as a result of incorrect estimations of energy production.”
The Met Office said the effect of the surrounding terrain on wind farms has a major effect on power production. The Wind Production Forecast models this using high resolution topography data to provide an accurate forecast that is tailored to any site.