The wind energy industry is still troubled by many projects showing considerable negative discrepancies between calculated and actually experienced production numbers and operating conditions. The New European Wind Atlas is aimed at reducing these uncertainties, and is structured around three areas of work, to be implemented in parallel.
1. Creation and publication of a European wind atlas in electronic form, which will include the underlying data and a new EU wind climate database which will as a minimum include: wind resources and their associated uncertainty; extreme wind and uncertainty; turbulence characteristics; other adverse weather conditions and their probability of occurrence; the level of predictability for short-term forecasting and assessment of uncertainties; guidelines and best practices for the use of data especially for micro-siting.
2. Development of dynamical downscaling methodologies and open-source models validated through measurement campaigns, to enable the provision of accurate wind resource and external wind load climatology and short-term prediction at high spatial resolution and covering Europe. The developed downscaling methodologies and models will be fully documented and made publicly available and will be used to produce overview maps of wind resources and other relevant data at several heights and at high horizontal resolution.
3. Measurement campaigns to validate the model chain used in the wind atlas. At least five coordinated
measurement campaigns will be undertaken and will cover complex terrains (mountains and forests),
offshore, large changes in surface characteristics (roughness change) and cold climates.