See how Vaisala Xweather is supercharging renewable energy

Map visualization of wind speed and wind farms
Pascal Storck, Vaisala, Head of Technology
Dr. Pascal Storck
Vaisala, Head of Technology
Weather & Environment
Wind and Solar Energy 

Weather is the fuel for renewable energy. That’s why accurate weather forecasts are essential to asset owners, project managers, energy traders, and power schedulers. Our customers need weather intelligence to schedule, buy, and sell with confidence, which requires forecasts not only for individual wind and solar projects but across vast geographic regions too.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to our new, enhanced Situational Awareness tool for renewable energy, part of our Vaisala Xweather suite of environmental data and mapping solutions.

The Situational Awareness tool provides an animated six-day forecast of the key weather parameters for renewable energy globally and an intuitive, map-based visualization of renewable energy production across the major electricity trading markets in the United States and parts of Canada.

Map of North America showing wind speed, wind direction, and renewable energy production
In this screenshot, the Situational Awareness tool shows wind speed at 100 m above ground level as a color scale. The small circles mark the locations of renewable energy projects. The color of each circle indicates the project’s estimated energy production as a percentage of its nameplate capacity.

Forecasting renewable energy production

The new Situational Awareness tool forecasts how the weather will affect the power produced by renewable energy projects up to six days ahead. For wind projects, the tool provides map layers for visualizing wind speed at 100 meters above ground level (modern turbine hub height) and wind direction using either wind barbs or particles. For solar projects, the primary map layer of interest is global horizontal irradiance (GHI) at ground level. There are also layers for cloud cover, precipitation rate and type, snow depth, atmospheric pressure contours, and air temperature at 2 meters above ground level.

Individual energy projects are marked on the map with a helpful, at-a-glance color scale that shows the forecasted percentage of nameplate capacity at the current point on the timeline. You can look ahead with an animated six-day forecast or review previous forecasts from up to 60 hours in the past. Start and stop the animation at any point and step forward and back through the timeline with convenient controls. The forecasts use the ECMWF HRES data model.

Map of Texas and surrounding states showing how Global Horizontal Irradiance affects solar energy production
Here, the Situational Awareness tool shows global horizontal irradiance across Texas and surrounding states. The color of each circle indicates the solar project’s estimated energy production as a percentage of its nameplate capacity. Moving your mouse pointer over a project reveals more details.

Available now

For existing customers, the Situational Awareness tool is a complimentary part of your Vaisala Xweather energy subscription. Simply sign in to the Vaisala energy portal to see the projects and regions covered by your subscription.

For new customers, please contact us to learn more about renewable energy forecasting with Vaisala Xweather.

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