ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) has selected the Met Office’s VisualEyes software to provide site-specific weather forecast information for its portfolio of wind farms in the U.K.
The two-year contract with SPR for the recently enhanced VisualEyes product will enable the wind company to monitor and keep track of real-time and forecast conditions at its Whitelee Wind Farm control center.
Via a dedicated Web portal, SPR will have access to the last two hours of real-time data, as well as forecast periods from six hours to 14 days ahead.
VisualEyes is a weather monitoring and alerting system that helps energy asset managers and wind farm operators manage the safety of on-site personnel and plan the most cost-efficient maintenance schedules, according to the Met Office.
“With 30 sites across the country to monitor, it’s vital to have a system that’s accurate and that we can trust,” said Mark Gailey, control center manager of SPR. “VisualEyes is central to our renewables operation and will help us to make the most of all weather conditions to operate our wind farms across Britain.”