Foresight by Power Predictor (http://foresight.powerpredictor.com)
While weather data derived models have been around for some considerable time to support this need, for the first time the Better Generation Group is able to supplement this with unique actual practical measured micro-climate data from more than 15,000 installed Power Predictor sites worldwide. By combining measured wind and solar data with a detailed weather model, Foresight generates a more realistic estimate of the value of a renewable energy installation much closer to the reality of what the actual conditions are likely to be. Foresight is still not a full substitute for actual sensor based measurement but for those who wish to rapidly assess many sites or seek fast answers to make quick feasibility decisions, then this low cost high value tool is a must have.
Why do I need it?
Success in designing, installing and operating a renewable energy solution requires a detailed understanding of the natural resources available at any specific location, matching this profile to the right technology and product choice to maximize the energy production potential and fastest financial payback. Without a clear and accurate understanding of the natural resource then there is high chance that any project investment will fall short of expectations. In the past, understanding this involved either the purchase of expensive weather data, deployment of high cost on site consultancy services or worst of all no checks at all.
For example, a detailed assessment of 1000 Power Predictor measured sites with more than 3 months data reveals that the average differential of measured average wind speed is 38% less than that predicted by standard weather models. If this data was employed to select and install a wind turbine, this energy shortfall would translate into 75% less electricity output that calculations based on this generic data would predict.
With the Power Predictor range of products, the Better Generation Group has brought to this market all the power and accuracy of cloud computing and low cost high accuracy hardware in order to be able to dramatically improve and lower the cost of site assessment projects. What used to cost several thousand dollars for a short-term survey now costs a fraction of this price for a more comprehensive and vendor\technology independent solution.
Who are the Better Generation Group?
The Better Generation Group based in London and Hong Kong have been advising clients on renewable energy technology solutions since 2006 and since 2009 the Power Predictor site assessment tools have been sold into more than 100 countries to become the leading product in this sector.