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National wind atlas nearly complete

Work on an Irish wind atlas is nearly complete. All that is needed before the atlas is published in the summer is some detailed cross-checking and fine tuning, according to Rick Watson of University College Dublin. Until now developers have had to use the Irish section of the European wind atlas, based on wind data from 16 meteorological stations around Ireland. However, these stations were not chosen initially for wind energy purposes and measurements at some were affected by building developments. Under the project-a collaboration between the university and Denmark's Risø National Laboratory-the number of wind measuring stations was increased to 27. The new atlas, which includes measurements from existing wind farms, uses the basic wind atlas/WasP methodology.

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