Monthly Archives: December 2015

Emerging Markets Power (EMPower), a wind energy developer headquartered in Dublin, Ireland has chosen BrightWind for its wind resource assessment needs.

EMPower is actively developing green field wind energy sites in emerging markets with a particular focus on Africa and the Middle East. These sites require realistic assumptions of capacity and energy yield to set sound expectations and inform sensible development decisions.

Diarmuid Twomey, Director at EMPower says “BrightWind’s vast experience in green field development across various markets helps us get a solid footing in the early stages of projects. Their pragmatic layouts and measurement campaign strategies give us a great handle on what MW capacity to expect from each site and set sensible budgets.”

“EMPower are a great client for BrightWind. We are delighted to be helping them with their rapid expansion into emerging markets. Working on development teams for many years we like to see ourselves as an internal wind analysis team or as an extension to an existing one. We like to familiarize ourselves with the complete project and can therefore offer advice on how wind analysis impacts on other aspects of the development cycle.” says BrightWind Director, Shane Martin.

About Emerging Markets Power

Emerging Markets Power (EMPower) is an Irish based pan African renewable energy developer, currently developing a 500MW portfolio of greenfield wind and solar PV assets across Sub Saharan Africa.

Today marks the launch of BrightWind’s web application, BrightData. BrightData provides access to MERRA reanalysis data in minutes through an easy-to-use geographical interface. The delivered data is assembled and conveniently formatted, so no post-processing is required to use in analysis software. This is a step change in speed and user friendliness for wind analysts needing MERRA data.

launch brightdata

BrightWind developed this web application out of their own need for quick access to reanalysis datasets. “We were also frustrated with how unfriendly, time consuming and complicated existing methods for retrieving reanalysis data was and so a big focus was making it as easy to use as possible” says BrightWind director Stephen Holleran. “Both in selecting the datasets but also in actually using the data once retrieved. We wanted to use it straight away without any deleting of headers or reformatting time stamps before it could be used in our analysis software.” BrightData is for wind analysts who require long term reference datasets, without the hassle.

You can sign up for a free trial of BrightData here and begin downloading MERRA data immediately.