Masdar publishes UAE wind atlas

27.01.2015
Masdar launched its UAR Wind Atlas at the World Future Energy Summit 2015. (Photo: Masdar)
Masdar launched its UAR Wind Atlas at the World Future Energy Summit 2015. (Photo: Masdar)

The launch of the UAE Wind Atlas by Masdar provides public access to complex UAE wind maps. This allows wind energy investment decisions based on hard data.

At the World Future Energy Summit 2015, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has announced the launch of the UAE Wind Atlas. At a spatial resolution of 500 m, the wind atlas aims to accurately characterize the UAE’s wind resources and to ultimately support investments in wind energy projects. It is publicly available and has been integrated into the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy platform of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).

An interactive portal with a wide range of end-user applications will be hosted on a dedicated server at ReCREMA, located within Masdar Institute, under its Director Hosni Ghedira. He says: “The wind atlas is fairly different from the solar atlas in a number of ways, although some of the maps may seem similar: Wind has to be generated at a number of heights and a whole altitude profile needs to be produced as different turbine technologies work at different heights. Also, solar irradiance is a fairly regional variable because irradiance at a given location is not very different from irradiance at a location 100 meters away.”

The scientific work to produce the wind atlas which included climate simulations was carried out in collaboration with 3TIER, a global leader in renewable energy risk analysis, data, assessment, and forecasting for wind, solar, and hydro power projects.

The new wind atlas adds yet another layer of data to the Masdar Institute-hosted Irena Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, which includes maps on solar, wind, geothermal and bioenergy resources along with one marine energy map. So Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of Irena, says: “The launch of the UAE Wind Atlas marks another key milestone in our efforts to bring a comprehensive clean energy resource map to the global community. The support provided by Masdar Institute’s Research Centre for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment and 3TIER has been critical to help developers of clean energy projects find valuable information to assist in their investment decisions.”

Katharina Garus

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