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The Influence of Weather on Renewable Energy Predictability and Performance

11 June 2013

The Met Office is the UK's National Weather and Climate Service. It is one of the world’s most accurate forecasters, using more than 10million weather observations a day, an advanced atmospheric model and expert forecasters to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings every day.

The Met Office supports the development of wind energy in the UK and Europe, from small micro wind turbines up to larger wind developments, both onshore and offshore. It has invested in the development of science and services to support all the stages in the life cycle of a wind farm – from site search and selection, through development and construction to ongoing operations and wind farm weather forecasting. In particular, detailed understanding of the expected availability of wind and climatic trends is required for the initial business case for investment and management of ongoing productivity.

In this talk, Phil explores the background to weather forecasting required to support the renewable industry, discuss climatic variations in wind resources, and how science can support this industry's growth.

Phil Evans, Government Services Director, the Met Office

Phil is responsible for all of the services that the Met Office provides within the public sector. This includes predictions on climate change; advice on the spreading of airborne animal diseases and 'free at the point of use' services we provide to emergency responders and the general public.

At the Met Office, Phil has worked on research and development, strategy and planning, business development, commercial and international relations and, most recently, as Chief Advisor to Government, responsible for liaison with Parliament and the devolved administrations, and management of key Government relations.

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The Influence of Weather on Renewable Energy Predictability and Performance

: Phil Evans, Government Services Director, the Met Office

Duration: 1h 30m