(AMSTERDAM)

A free online map that harnesses ‘wind climate data’ to help speed up the planning process on renewable energy projects has been launched.

The Global Wind Atlas is a tool investors and decision-makers can use to pinpoint areas most suited to developing wind energy projects. It was launched this week the World Bank and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Identifying prime locations, by using modelling technology and hi-res terrain data to select areas that will generate the most power, will save millions of dollars in planning expenses.

“There is great scope in many countries for the clean, low-cost power that wind provides, but they have been hampered by a lack of good data,” explained Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of the World Bank’s Energy & Extractives Global Practice. “By providing high quality resource data at such a detailed level for free, we hope to mobilize more private investment for accelerating the scale-up of technologies like wind to meet urgent energy needs.”

The new platform, unveiled at the Wind Europe Conference in Amsterdam, follows on from the success of the Global Solar Atlas – launched earlier this year.