MeteoFlow Project's next challenge? To predict sea conditions

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MeteoFlow is a comprehensive system for predicting medium and long-term meteorological variables at all types of renewable facility. Entirely developed by Iberdrola Renovables, it is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2019, and its latest goal is already clear: to predict sea conditions. Pilar Orellana, the manager in charge of monitoring the project's results, gives you a detailed description of the forecasting system.

Although the spirit of MeteoFlow is the same as it has always been, much has changed over the last 15 years. For example, these days forecasts are produced for all types of renewable facilities, including onshore and offshore wind farms, photovoltaic energy plants, and most recently, hydraulic facilities. Likewise, it offers its services in all the countries the Iberdrola group operates in, adapting these forecasts to local requirements and customers.

As for technology, very little has stayed the same as the initial version. These days, MeteoFlow uses modern climate prediction techniques, as well as, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and big data techniques. According to Pilar Orellana, who is in charge of monitoring MeteoFlow's results: “Based on meteorological information, which is mainly wind forecasts for wind farms and solar radiation for photovoltaic energy plants, we refine our production forecasts with the latest Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence techniques. Likewise, we are currently using new big data techniques to take advantage of the huge amount of information in our system that we have not been able to use”.

All these advances have been developed by an in-house team with expertise in different fields, in charge of maintaining, monitoring and developing the system. Broad technical experience, perfect knowledge of generation technologies, as well as seamless integration with the other tools the facilities needed to operate has allowed MeteoFlow to maintain its success rate above all other solutions on the market.

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MeteoFlow has been providing intranet meteorological prediction maps since 2016. Moreover, it has an integrated tool within Domina — the set of tools used to operate and maintain facilities — for the specialised field of Renewables. This tool gives all its users direct access to predictive maps and all the meteorological and power predictions customised to each facility, as well as the weather alerts for scenarios that can affect the facilities, such as extreme winds, storms or frost.

The path to follow has already been mapped out: "We are going to make meteorological predictions for offshore windfarms and ocean areas", concludes Pilar.

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