Met Office alert for Germany
The UK’s Met Office is now offering its renewable energy services in Germany to help the nation deliver on its offshore wind ambitions.
The BIS agency said it “hopes to provide a solution to some of the challenges faced in the German market place, including construction methods, high capital expenditure, operational costs and future feed in tariffs and EU targets”.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council, Germany's installed onshore capacity is predicted to increase by 40% to 45GW while offshore capacity will surge by 1460% to 6GW.
A recent study also reveals turnover across the whole offshore value chain, from planning and building to operations and maintenance, is expected to grow to €22.4m in 2021 from €5.9m in 2010, a rise of 280%.
Met Office head of renewables Michelle Spillar said: “This is an exciting time for us and a key strand of our commercial business development strategy.
“In Germany, our focus will be on development, operations and maintenance. We also expect our seasonal forecasting capabilities to play a prominent role.”
Products to be launched include Met Office Virtual Met Mast, Virtual Met Mast Plus, Virtual Met Mast Time Series, VisualEyes, Safesee and Wind Production Forecasts. The Met Office is marking the move at Wind Energy Hamburg.
Image: EWE's Riffgat offshore wind farm in Germany (EWE)