Lower uncertainties for North Sea offshore wind energy with accurate wind information
The Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas (DOWA) provides accurate wind information at the North Sea for offshore wind energy use. It is an innovation in the wind energy sector in the Netherlands. With this accurate wind information offshore wind developers can make more accurate business plans with lower costs and more favourable financing.
Three parties worked on the DOWA-project: KNMI created the atlas using state-of-the art weather models including millions of measurements every day and including satellite and aircraft measurements over the North Sea, TNO was responsible for the project management and worked closely together with KNMI to validate the atlas with high quality measurements from various offshore stations and Whiffle has created very high-resolution models for detailed wind turbine loading and wake analyses.
TKI Wind op Zee supported the consortium to create the new wind atlas and encouraged the parties to cooperate and combine their knowledge.