Salvação, N., Guedes Soares, C. and Bentamy, A. (2019), “Estimating the offshore wind energy along the Portuguese coast using WRF and satellite data”, Advances in Renewable Energies Offshore, Guedes Soares, C. (Ed.), Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK, pp. 703-710

The wind energy offshore the Portuguese coast is estimated using two wind datasets: the output from numerical model WRF and a wide array of satellite data. To determine the inherent errors of the two sources, the wind data is firstly validated with in situ measurements obtained from marine buoys moored along the Iberian Peninsula Coast. Additionally, the potential benefit of blending the two sets of data to create a high resolution wind data set is investigated. The energy available for conversion by wind turbines is estimated over the entire domain with special focus on 8 proposed locations for the construction of wind parks. The results show that the use of multi-satellite information can improve the wind speed predictions, reducing the uncertainty of wind energy estimates. Despite the similarity of the mean wind speed projections from the two data sources, the differences achieved when computing the available energy cannot be disregarded.

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