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27 Apr 2009 05:04:09

Rising wind speeds encouraging new UK wind farms

Rising wind speeds encouraging new UK wind farms
Average wind speeds along the UK's south-east coast are picking up and could provide an opportunity for more clean power generation in the waters near Essex and East Anglia.

That is according to a research paper from Atmos Consulting, which estimated that wind speeds have increased so much in the area that wind farms can now produce 50 percent more electricity than would have been possible a decade ago.

Using information from Nasa satellite images to ascertain changes in the atmosphere, the company's Windscan software indicated that wind speeds remain constant in northern England and Scotland.

However, speeds in the southern part of the North Sea were found to have increased from an average of 7.5 metres per second in 1990 to 8.5 metres per second last year, the Guardian reports.

The British Wind Energy Association's (BWEA) Duncan Ayling told the newspaper that the figures could prove to be "very exciting" for the industry if the Windscan software is proven to be accurate in its forecasting.

"More wind equals more money for projects," he said.

"It would enable wind-farm developers to more accurately forecast revenues and have more certainty about the expected return on their investment."

Earlier this month, the BWEA published a report on Britain's green economy, which suggested that £10 billion of wind energy schemes have been suspended as a result of the economic downturn.



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