Integrating large volumes of solar and wind into electricity grids designed to distribute electricity from conventional power plants requires a number of adaptations. Perhaps the most essential among these is the utilization of forecasting technology to be able to predict just how much electricity such plants will be generating, so as to plan the operation of the rest of the system.
As part of the work towards this, certification giant DNV GL is adding to its current suite of forecasting tools, with a new product to provide on-demand online estimates of future wind and solar output, including hourly forecasts up to seven days in advance in certain power markets. The company identifies energy traders, plant operators and other stakeholders as potential customers.
Forecaster NOW will launch first in the United States and Canada, although DNV GL has not supplied an exact date. For those who want a sneak preview of the product, the company will be exhibiting at the AWEA WindPower conference, May 22-25, in Anaheim, California.
Forecaster NOW adds to the existing suite of DNV GL Forecasting products including Forecaster Live, Forecaster Plus and Forecaster Solutions.