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What's your Wind Speed?
by Stuart at 2006-05-06 15:29:07 (Useful Links)
Here is a list of web links that will help you work out how much wind energy you have.
For the UK in particular

Update: you can now access information for England, Wales and Scotland via our own version of the NOABL windspeed database.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' NOABL wind speed database is available from this website. It contains estimates of the annual mean wind speed throughout the UK.

The data is the result of an air flow model that estimates the effect of topography on wind speed. There is no allowance for the effect of local thermally driven winds such as sea breezes or mountain/valley breezes. The model was applied with 1km square resolution and takes no account of topography on a small scale or local surface roughness (such as tall crops, stone walls or trees), both of which may have a considerable effect on the wind speed. The data can only be used as a guide and should be followed by on-site measurements for a proper assessment.

Each value stored in the database is the estimated average for a 1km square at either 10m, 25m or 45m above ground level (agl). The database uses the Ordnance Survey grid system for Great Britain and the grid system of the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

For the World

Surface meteorology and Solar Energy (release 5.1)
A renewable energy resource web site
sponsored by NASA's Science Mission Directorate,
Earth-Sun System Division, Applied Sciences Program NASA logo

* over 200 satellite-derived meteorology and solar energy parameters
* monthly averaged from 10 years of data
* data tables for a particular location
* color plots on both global and regional scales
* global solar energy data for 1195 ground sites
* data for the RETScreenŽ Clean Energy Project Analysis Software

For specific countries outside the UK

We'll add to this list as we locate other resources. Let us know if you find one we don't have on the list.

Canadian Wind Energy Atlas


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