The power generated by intermittent sources reliant on the wind and sun is difficult to anticipate. Therefore, it is essential to work on solutions that can reduce this level of uncertainty.
R&D’s climate and weather laboratory has developed a software package that predicts wind and photovoltaic power generation levels.
"We are able to forecast power generation levels on the basis of meteorological and climate data, such as sunlight levels, temperatures, wind, cloud movements and the solar cycle, given the fact that sunlight levels vary between dawn, midday and dusk [...]".
Marie Berthelot, Leader of the Impact of Weather on the Supply/Demand Balance project at EDF’s R&D
Using meteorological and climate data, such as sunlight levels, the solar cycle, wind, temperature and cloud movements, this software is now able to generate power generation forecasts for up to 14 days.