Optimum grid management for the renewable energy industry

Weather plays a pivotal role for operators of renewable energy systems. UBIMET provides high precision, localised and tailored weather forecasts for the energy sector.

Challenges in the energy sector

The alternative energy industry is particularly focused on solar and wind energy. The aim is to gain the maximum output from the energy systems whilst optimising efficiency and reducing costs. The biggest challenge is to guarantee the best possible grid-feed whilst managing the network. Precise and tailored weather forecasts enable energy providers to plan for volatile output in renewable energy sources well in advance.

Challenges:

  • Where to expect disruptive weather events
  • Quick identification and restoration of outages
  • Localisation of lightning strikes
  • Avoidance of ice on power lines
  • Prediction of renewable energy production
  • When to schedule maintenance activities

Energy networks efficiently managed thanks to UBIMET!

The reliable and precise forecasts for solar hours and wind strength provided by UBIMET allows for optimal energy purchasing, sales planning and power plant optimisation.

In the UBIMET family, our German subsidiary EWC is the Competence Centre for the Energy Sector. Click here to find out more

WIND POWER

Accurate wind forecasts, at rotor blade height, are of great importance for both network operators and wind farm operators. The wind model developed by UBIMET takes performance characteristics, the environment of the wind park, the positioning of the plants and local climatic characteristics into account.

SOLAR POWER

For operators of photovoltaic plants, UBIMET delivers precise predictions of the expected radiation for the respective plant site. Factors such as sunshine, temperature, atmospheric turbidity and cloud cover in different layers are all calculated.

Customers can also quickly and easily implement customer-specific weather parameters in their own applications via the UBIMET API “UBIMET: Connect”.

UBIMET Solutions:

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  • GRID SURVEILLANCE

    • Real-time overview of current and upcoming weather situation along the grid
    • One consistent warning and alert system
    • Provide high-precision weather information
    • Indicate weather affected grid parts and components
    • Define individual working conditions
    • Archive functionality enabling traceability
  • RENEWABLE ENERGY

    • High-precision forecasts for wind, solar and hydro power
    • Simulations and re-analysis for planning purposes
    • Support location selection
    • Identify maintenance windows
  • WARNINGS AND ALERTS

    • Weather-related warnings when parameter thresholds are exceeded (e.g. wind, temperature, precipitation, snow)
    • Severe weather warnings provided by meteorologists
    • Ability to precisely define user groups receiving alerts
    • Distributing warnings via e-mail and text message
  • DATA INTEGRATION

    • Provision of actual and forecast data including animated maps
    • Integrate information into existing systems (e.g. SCADA)
    • Supply different weather parameters and indices
    • Worldwide availability