Renewable energy forecasting is set for a major boost.
The partnership involving Envision Energy, the Met Office, European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts and Aarhus University, is to research innovation in the technology.
By increasing forecasting accuracy and range, it is believed that the predictability of renewable energy production can be improved, allowing the grid to respond appropriately.
The initial primary aim of the project will be improving the wind and solar forecast, through a mix of scientific data, modelling and supercomputing algorithm-based technology.
Later stages will focus on building energy management, industrial microgrids, power grid forecasting services and smart city technologies.
Met Office Business Group Director, Arwel Griffiths stated: “The increasing accuracy of wind and solar forecasts have direct benefits to the energy industry.”
“Including more efficient utilisation of national grid infrastructure as a result of the increasing take-up of renewable energy resources on a global basis.”