Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, says wind energy and transmission company Pattern Energy Group LP is using Red Hat Storage's technology to manage weather-prediction data, including for wind farms.
Pattern Energy deployed Red Hat Storage's Software Appliance in its atmospheric modeling operations to estimate wind energy history and precisely forecast weather three to five days in advance, Red Hat explains. The company says it has allowed Pattern Energy to more effectively develop new wind projects due to the ability to analyze data of past wind behavior at multiple locations around the world.
Pattern Energy uses the data stored with Red Hat Storage Software Appliance to provide its maintenance crews with deeper insight into the weather forecast so that they can better plan required preventative and repair maintenance, ultimately avoiding times when wind speed is high and energy production is paramount, Red Hat says.
‘Our business is based on a technology that produces a large amount of data, requiring constant uptime in order to monitor and produce wind and energy estimates,’ says Chad Ringley, manager of atmospheric modeling at Pattern Energy. ‘With the way we're using the system now, it's supporting our day-to-day operations, meeting time constraints and allowing forecasts to run automated on the system."