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Senior Wind Resource Analyst
Dublin, Ireland

Small, autonomous teams. Ownership of end-to-end product development. Pursue the research that interests you. Proud of delivering quality. Analytical. Problem solver. Drive to develop and grow the business. Analysis of operational wind farms. Responsibility. If all this sounds good to you, then keep reading.

BrightWind is an Irish based renewable energy consultancy company founded in May 2015 with its core competency in wind and solar resource assessment. We work closely with our clients to assess the future energy yield from planned or operational wind farms and solar plants and highlight the associated risk. We are looking for a senior wind resource analyst that can contribute significantly in the growth and leadership of the business.

Your main responsibility is to deliver practical, actionable advice to our clients with concise, quality energy yield reports. But you’ll do much more than that. You’ll have ownership in developing and delivering internal and external products that will improve our data analytics platform. You’ll use Python along with Cassandra, PostgreSQL, RESTful API, AWS and other cutting-edge technologies to build these products as part of a team. And you’ll be encouraged to take risks and challenge yourself in reaching out to grow our client base.

Main Requirements:

– Self-starter with strong initiative and hunger for taking on responsibility within a small team
– Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills
– Personable and easy-going client management
– At least 4 years’ experience analysing, delivering and reviewing energy production estimates
– Passion for computer programming essential
– Knowledge of Amazon Web Services such as S3, EC2, etc is desirable.
– Knowledge of databases such as Cassandra and PostgreSQL or similar also desirable

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and CV to Shane at shane@brightwindanalysis.com. Deadline for submission of applications is Friday the 23rd of February.

BrightWind have updated the BrightData tool expanding the MERRA-2 dataset to cover most of Europe. We are also offering a windiness service for operational wind farms based on MERRA-2 data so get in touch if this is of interest. Launch BrightData and begin downloading MERRA-2 data immediately for most of Europe.

launch brightdata

What is MERRA-2 ?

MERRA version 2 (MERRA-2) was released by NASA to supersede the MERRA dataset which has now ended. NASA says that MERRA-2 “was introduced to replace the original MERRA dataset because of the advances made in the assimilation system that enable assimilation of modern hyperspectral radiance and microwave observations, along with GPS-Radio Occultation datasets. MERRA-2 is the first long-term global reanalysis to assimilate space-based observations of aerosols and represent their interactions with other physical processes in the climate system.”

What is windiness?

If you have an operational wind farm, how do you know if July was a good or bad month? If power production was low, how much of it was due to low wind and not turbine operational issues or curtailment? If you are an investor/owner/operator and want to gauge how your wind farm asset is performing relative to the original investment case, then a monthly windiness report is critical for understanding how your asset is performing. We put the energy production from the wind farm into a long term context using MERRA-2 data, and show how much of the reduced production is due to low wind and vice versa if production is high.

What does all this mean for wind analysts and wind resource assessments?

BrightWind have carried out studies across Europe to see how MERRA-2 correlates with several meteorological datasets. Across the board, MERRA-2 shows an improved correlation quality coefficient (R²) with site measurements over MERRA. This means MERRA-2 data will improve estimates of long term wind resource and help reduce wind uncertainty at potential wind farm sites.

What is BrightData?

We developed BrightData out of our 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-2 data immediately.

BrightWind have now incorporated the MERRA-2 dataset into our BrightData tool making it one of the first tools offering it to wind analysts. We have also improved BrightData’s speed so you can now have ten 15 year datasets ready to use in less than 1 minute. Launch BrightData and begin downloading MERRA-2 data immediately for the UK and Ireland.

launch brightdata

What is MERRA-2 ?

MERRA version 2 (MERRA-2) was released by NASA to supersede the MERRA dataset which has now ended. NASA says that MERRA-2 “was introduced to replace the original MERRA dataset because of the advances made in the assimilation system that enable assimilation of modern hyperspectral radiance and microwave observations, along with GPS-Radio Occultation datasets. MERRA-2 is the first long-term global reanalysis to assimilate space-based observations of aerosols and represent their interactions with other physical processes in the climate system.”

What does all this mean for wind analysts and wind resource assessments?

BrightWind have carried out a preliminary study across the UK and Ireland to see how MERRA-2 correlates with several meteorological datasets. Across the board, MERRA-2 shows an improved correlation quality coefficient (R²) with site measurements over MERRA. This means MERRA-2 data will improve estimates of long term wind resource and help reduce wind uncertainty at potential wind farm sites.

Equally a review of the frequency distribution shape of MERRA-2 and MERRA data shows that the MERRA-2 presents a more realistic distribution shape. The improved distribution shape paves the way for more accurate preliminary estimates of wind resource.

What is BrightData?

We developed BrightData out of our 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 and MERRA-2 data immediately.

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.

 

NTR plc, a wind energy investor headquartered in Dublin, Ireland has chosen BrightWind for its wind energy assessment needs. NTR plc have multiple wind energy sites in the UK and Ireland and are actively investing in new projects. These sites require rapid and economical energy assessment work to inform decision making during due diligence and project acquisitions, wind measurement campaigns, layout design and turbine selection.

Marcus Horgan, at NTR plc says “BrightWind has to date provided high quality results meeting required deadlines. We evaluate a large number of potential acquisitions each year and need to ensure that, if we chose to acquire a project, it is informed by a sound understanding of the wind resource.”

“NTR plc has a long history in wind development in both the US and Europe and it is testimony to BrightWind’s experience and service that they have chosen us to support them in their wind assessment needs. Our strong customer focus and fast turnaround times are beneficial to developers at all stages of wind energy development,” says BrightWind Director, Shane Martin.

Tri-Global energy, a large community focused wind energy developer based in Dallas, Texas has chosen BrightWind for some of its early stage wind development energy assessment needs.

Tri-Global has multiple wind energy sites in Texas and New Mexico at various stages of development. These sites require rapid and economical energy assessment work to inform decisions on land leasing, wind measurement campaigns, layout design and turbine selection.

John Wycherley, Director of Business Development at Tri Global energy says “BrightWind delivers a fast reliable service that provides the confidence we need for development decisions. We chose to work with them due to the speed with which they could respond to our needs and the depth of experience shown by the team.”

“Tri-Global is exactly the kind of partner we are seeking to help grow our business at BrightWind. Our rapid and economical response ensures they can make the best decisions for their community development needs. This shows that our unique market solution is beneficial to developers at all stages of the wind energy development cycle.” Says BrightWind Director, Shane Martin.

About Tri-Global Energy

Tri Global Energy was founded in January 2009 with the goal of developing clean energy at an affordable cost and becoming one of the leaders within this emerging industry.

Tri Global Energy takes an innovative approach to the energy business. Tri global Energy believes the development of clean wind, solar, and hybrid energy projects should directly benefit the communities that they impact. Their business model provides fair compensation to everyone – partners, landowners, stakeholders, and of course, local communities.