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NEWA (2015-2019)

The New European Wind Atlas (NEWA) project will develop a new reference methodology for wind resource assessment and wind turbine site suitability based on a mesoscale to microscale mode-chain. This new methodology will produce a more reliable wind characterization than current models, leading to a significant reduction of uncertainties on wind energy production and wind conditions that affect the design of wind turbines.

The model-chain will be thoroughly validated across Europe with dedicated experiments and historical wind resource assessment campaigns from industry. A call for wind data has been launched to engage with potential data providers and establish the validation ground for the New EU Wind Atlas across the wide diversity of European wind climates and terrain conditions. High fidelity experiments will be executed to address wind energy specific modeling challenges in complex and forested terrain, coastal transitions and offshore. A validation test suite will be generated to guide the model development and evaluation process as part of the IEA Task 31 "Wakebench" verification, validation and uncertainty quantification (VV&UQ) framework.

Some of the benchmarking activities carried out in NEWA will be documented as Windbench validation repositories. External participants can contact the benchmark manager to request permission to participate. International collaboration will be guided through the IEA Task 31 Wakebench Phase 2 forum.