Irish firm secures €162,000 for renewable energy data management platform

  • Irish renewable energy specialist BrightWind is developing a new resource data management platform to help researchers make Ireland's wind and solar energy capabilities smarter.

    Transforming the energy grid to become more sustainable means drastically increasing the amount of renewable energy generation, but this comes with a whole host of logistical problems. Wind and solar energy vary in ourput depending on environmental conditions, and energy storage capacity in the grid is limited.

    Irish renewable energy consultancy firm BrightWind has now announced that it's secured €162,000 in funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to support the development of a new wind and solar resource data management platform. BrightWind will also be building an open-source data analysis Python library that will help promote industry research by providing easy access to wind and solar data.

    The platform is designed to help researchers get a better understanding of Ireland’s wind and solar power generation capabilities as they work toward the Irish government's ambitious Climate Action Plan targets for 2030, which it hopes will lay the foundation for a carbon-free grid by 2050.

    Stephen Holleran, Co-founder and Director of BrightWind, commented: "The open wind and solar data which we will gather in the new platform will contribute to research essential for meeting the Irish Government’s Climate Action Plan target of 70% of electricity generation to come from renewable sources by 2030. It will do this by contributing to research in wind power forecasting to enable higher penetration of wind on the electricity system and for reducing the uncertainty in long-term energy yield predictions of wind farms."

    Source: Written based on press release

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