Wind Resource Estimates

Software to use raster maps and bespoke data (digitised from paper maps) to estimate the scope for wind farms in the UK. CSM Associates Cornwall.

In the early days of UK wind-farm development, an important question was how much wind-resource existed, depending on the constraints of land-use and regulation as well as the windiness of the terrain.

We developed a bespoke C and FORTRAN PC application which related several sources of geographical information onto a common basis (the OS National Grid). We also spent many hours manually converting paper map information into coordinated data as input for this app. Cross-checks at several points were made to calibrate data and ensure quality of estimates.

Date: 1994

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