E.U’s New and Improved Wind Atlas
by Mark15patton on October 6, 2017 - 5:55pm
The article called “Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas” written by the American Institute of Physics covers exactly what you would expect. The article's purpose is to talk about the new venture the
E.U is taking to update the European Wind Atlas by the year 2020. The goal of this update on the European Wind Atlas is to increase the energy return from future project locations that are slightly complicated by three percent and complicated locations by ten percent. These regions will most likely take the form of being surrounded by hills or being mountainous. The hope is that this will open up more locations for wind farms than previously thought and to rule out all ineffective locations. The EU is undertaking this project as a response to multiple wind farms generating half of their expected energy over a ten year period across europe. As this wind atlas will be covering all of europe, all countries in europe pose to have a benefit from it. Not surprisingly Denmark has had a big contribution to the Wind Atlas as they are the leading wind power country in the world.
I think that this article presents good step forward going towards clean energy and eliminating the use of C02 producing energy methods. By locating new areas that offer high wind capacity countries can put more emphasis on wind energy in areas they never thought they could. This can could let nations put wind farms in unpopulated areas like mountainous regions that are thinly populated. This could then hopefully mitigate any impact to local communities of the region. I thought this was very relatable to the controversy that has come from wind farms in rural Ontario. If Canada could update and improve its current Wind Atlas for provinces and areas that are interested or already building in wind energy this could make a huge impact in their efficiency. When doing research on this topic I found it very hard to find how much energy the windmills in Southern Ontario where actually producing. It was very easy to find what the max capacity the wind mills could produce but nowhere could I find any data on the production of energy on a year to year basis. This then lead me into how governments can restrict information to the public (or at least hide it very well) and use their power to control the natural resource. Without proper data these wind farms could be in the same slump as some of the european ones documented that have only generated just half of what they were supposed to. So I think that it would be good for this data to be easily accessed and for Canada to review its current Wind Atlas.
American Institute of Physics. (2017, September 6). Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 4, 2017 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170906135544.htm
Canadian Wind Energy Atlas. Retrieved October 6, 2017 from http://www.windatlas.ca/nav-en.php?field=EU&height=80&season=ANU&no=44&lignes=1