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Weather and Energy Research Unit

Our Weather and Energy Research Unit has demonstrated Australia’s wind energy potential with pioneering research that has identified wind-farm sites and helps predict their average wind energy yield. This exciting work is being extended to a range of solar energy production technologies.

  • 23 December 2011 | Updated 23 May 2013

Measurement Data

The following data are from our various monitoring sites around the world. For now, we are concentrating on Australian sites.

Each feed will have a file 00DESCRIPTION.TXT which is readable on most computer platforms describing the full meta-data.

Site Name Site ID Latitude Longitude Altitude (m) First log Nominal Period
Black Mountain BMSOLx 35°16'30"S 149°06'49"E 595 Apr 2012 1 sec
Namadgi NAMPVx
ss
35°23'32"S 149°04′01"E 602 Nov 2011 1 sec
Wombat Hill WOMPVx
ss
35°32′S 149°09′E 951 Nov 2011 1 sec
Radford College RADPVx
(coming) ss
35°14'04"S 149°05'28"E 633 Feb 2010 3 sec
Newcastle NCLNSW (coming) 32.88°S 151.73°E 31 Dec 1999 10 min
Waratah Bay WARBAY (coming) 38.80°S 146.09°E 15 May 1998 10 min

ss = Site is part of the Solar Schools programme within the Capital Region

Grid Data

This is ideally sourced from AEMO for Australian connected grid.

We would encourage researchers to get involved in the AWEFS project.

Scripts are provided below (see WREMtk) to aid the extracting data from AEMO.


Modelled Data

CCAM

(coming)

WRF

(coming)


Tools

WREM Software

The WREMtk (WREM-Toolkit) provides a framework to enable rapid software development and asessment of data in the energy and meteorology interface.

At this stage, must data can be obtained

Find out more about CSIRO's work with Renewables and smart systems.

Click WERU's CSIRO website to go to CSIRO's web site.

Fast facts

  • Our Weather and Energy Research Unit (WERU) has been instrumental in the location of wind farms in Australia through time series modelling of wind and energy forecasting
  • Skills in atmospheric modelling and downscaling will allow forecasting of solar energy production in local PV and concentrating facilities, as well as modelling associated with distributed systems
  • WERU has pioneered new research into forecasting, capturing and storing wind energy to help ensure consistent supply

Contact Information

Dr Simon Torok

Communication Manager

Phone: 61 3 9239 4645

Alt Phone: 61 4 0984 4302

Email: Simon.Torok@csiro.au

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