Tomorrow’s Forecast: Sunny with a Strong Chance of Wind

Knowing the strength, direction, and timing of the wind offshore can have serious implications for wind energy systems. Assessments of offshore wind sites include additional variables such as water currents, depths, and temperatures, along with volatile weather patterns. The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory are leading wind resource characterization efforts essential to the development of offshore wind.

wind buoys

Photo credit: Ocean Tech Services LLC and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory