Second-year students studying Bachelor and Master programs in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol will be involved in one of Lloyd’s Register’s latest wind energy initiatives - to develop and improve wind speed analysis and data for trend comparisons through Lloyd’s Register’s ‘windiness dashboard’. This product can be used by investors, developers, owners and operators of current wind farms to assess and predict energy production, and at all project stages from planning and development through to operation.
Wind speed trends impact owners, investors and developers of wind farms. The ‘windiness dashboard’ by Lloyd’s Register will help users assess, evaluate and predict the efficiency and energy production from a wind farm. The data shared will help to build up year on year trends in order to understand the siting considerations for wind farm developments. It will provide a reliable and quality-driven index of wind data.
This initiative between the University of Bristol and Lloyd’s Register provides industry with a unique platform to investigate wind speed and wind farm production trends. It offers the prospect of improvements in predicting future wind power production.
“Wind speed variability remains one of the most pressing issues for developers and operators of wind farms. By providing access to the accurate, clear and concise information the industry demands, this project will increase understanding of the risks involved, resulting in better decision making. This initiative with the University of Bristol sets out to investigate, test and deliver a unique platform to industry,” said David Pullinger, Technical Lead of Energy Resource Services at Lloyd’s Register.
It is an initiative which is attracting interest across a sector that is hungry for innovative new products and opportunities to introduce new talent to the wind sector.
The project has started and will run until April 2018. Lloyd’s Register and the University of Bristol will publish the outcome of the initiative and its initial findings in May 2018. You can be kept informed on the progress of the initiative by subscribing at http://www.lr.org/en/wind/list-subscribe.aspx.
“Our solutions approach to improving predictability and reliability ensures that a wide range of future wind farms offshore and onshore stand to benefit from the data we can share through the ‘windiness dashboard’. We look forward to working with our partner the University of Bristol and its students on this exciting project,” concluded Pullinger.