Did you know that in 2014 Scottish wind turbines produced enough electricity to potentially supply the electrical needs of 98% of Scottish households?
Using actual UK daily weather data, the WeatherEnergy website is automatically updated at 6am every morning with information on potential renewable energy generation from the previous day. It also holds historical weekly, monthly and yearly data - useful if you are considering the installation of sun-loving renewables.
This project is all about helping people to visualise what our weather can do for renewable energy generation. To do this, however, we need to get our data out into the public domain on a regular basis, ideally on TV before the weather forecast and after the news!
Q. What has surprised you about this project?
In the 2 years that it has been running, the data has thrown up some unexpected results. Who would have thought that St David's is one of the sunniest spots in the UK and as for the productivity of Scottish wind turbines - extraordinary! Maybe less surprising is the potential of the South West England for solar domination, whilst PV installations over much of England may be ticking along nicely, those down in the South and on the South West will regularly be producing more than 100% of an average family's daily electricity needs.
Q. What are you most proud of?
Whilst we may not yet be on the Countryfile weather summary, we have managed to ensure there are plenty of ways to view our data; there is a weekly WeatherEnergy review in the Western Morning News on Sunday, monthly data is used by WWF Scotland, it is active on twitter @weatherenergy and there is, of course, the website.
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Another thought provoking @Build2lc session, good luck to those taking actions forward today!