UK Companies Collaborate to Advance Renewable Energy Forecasting

Envision Energy, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the Met Office (the UK’s national weather service), and Aarhus University’s Center for Energy Technologies (CET) are collaborating to advance research in renewable energy forecasting.

“The purpose of this alliance is to work together to advance scientific knowledge in renewable energy forecasting, to accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy solutions globally” said Envision founder and CEO Lei Zhang. “Envision is committed to creating a sustainable future through developing advanced technologies in an open and collaborative way. We are dedicated to making clean, affordable and sustainable energy a reality”.

The initial phase of the research collaboration will focus on improving wind and solar power generation forecast accuracy with subsequent research phases working on enhanced forecasting services for power grids, e-mobility, and optimized energy management for buildings, industrial micro grids and smart cities. It is expected that better forecasting models can increase the accuracy of energy resource assessments and improve the ability of the grid to plan for renewable energy inputs.

Arwel Griffiths, Business Group Director at the Met Office said: “The increasing accuracy of wind and solar forecasts have direct benefits to the energy industry, including more efficient utilization of national grid infrastructure as a result of the increasing take-up of renewable energy resources on a global basis.”

ECMWF deputy director of forecasts Erik Andersson said: “By combining the technology, scientific knowledge and data generating of the partners in this collaboration, we can improve our ability to support renewable energy forecasting.”