The Global Wind Atlas has been accessed in over 200 countries from all over the world. Further developments of the atlas are planned for 2018 and 2019.
The Global Wind Atlas 2.0 (GWA 2.0) of the department of wind energy at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) was launched six months ago, with support by The World Bank Group. It is a free, web-based application developed to help energy planners identify potential high-wind areas for wind power generation virtually anywhere in the world and perform preliminary calculations.
A recent update to the GWA 2.0, makes it possible to download a WAsP wind atlas file for a user specified area. The file contains wind climate data, which can be used, for example, to carry out preliminary design and planning of wind energy projects in WAsP and other microscale modelling software.
Used by more than 30,000 users in the first 6 months
Many people have already used the website. From the launch in November 2017 and until the end of May 2018, the numbers show 33,096 users from 203 different countries. In the last month alone, 5552 users from 150 countries visited the site.
In 2018, an increased effort in the validation of the GWA and new analysis tools will be added to the website. In 2019, the plan is to launch a GWA 3.0, including significantly updated modelling outputs and serving some temporal characteristics summaries of wind resources. Importantly, the GWA 3.0 will also serve maps of annual energy production and capacity factor.
– People interested in modelling and depth analyses can access DTU’s Global Wind Atlas Server: https://globalwindatlas.info/
Source: Technical University of Denmark
Journalist: Charlotte Boman Hede