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Job Location: Bristol, UK
Closing date for applications: 7th of January 2022

Small, autonomous teams. Pursue the research that interests you. Proud of delivering quality. Analytical. Problem solver. Drive to develop and grow the business. CFD analysis. Analysis of offshore wind resource. Responsibility. If all this sounds good to you, then keep reading.

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

You will be based in our partner Everoze’s office in Bristol and will work both with the Brightwind team and the Everoze team. 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 solutions that will improve our data analytics platform. You’ll use Python 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.

We offer an attractive package that includes a path to share ownership in a rapidly expanding company.

Main Requirements:
• MEng or BEng, or equivalent, in Engineering or Physics;
• 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 yield assessments
• Passion for computer programming essential
• Any of the following are particularly desirable:
• experience in CFD modelling for wind energy applications
• experience in offshore energy yield analysis
• experience in remote sensing

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and CV to Shane at shane@brightwindanalysis.com by or before the 1st of December 2021. Interviews will be arranged post this date.

Job Location: Ireland or the UK
Closing date for applications: No fixed date

Brightwind is scaling fast due to client demand, and we are looking for bright motivated people to join our team. This is an open call for both junior and senior wind analysts and for people inside/outside of the renewable industry who have transferable data analytics skills and feel they would like to make a real difference at Brightwind.

Small, autonomous teams. Pursue the research that interests you. Proud of delivering quality. Analytical. Problem solver. Drive to develop and grow the business. 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 resource assessment. We work closely with our clients to assess the future energy yield from planned or operational wind farms and highlight the associated risks. We are looking for smart resourceful analysts (both senior and junior) that can contribute significantly to 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 solutions that will improve our data analytics platform. You’ll use Python 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:
• MEng or BEng, or equivalent, in Engineering or Physics;
• 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
• Passion for computer programming essential
• Any of the following are particularly desirable:
• 4 years’+ experience analysing, delivering and reviewing energy yield assessments
• experience in CFD modelling for wind energy applications
• experience in offshore energy yield analysis
• experience in remote sensing

The package includes a route to company ownership through the companies share option scheme.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and CV to Shane at shane@brightwindanalysis.com

– Platform to improve research in day-ahead wind forecasting
– SEAI grant enabled BrightWind to develop the platform

Dublin, Ireland, 25 February 2021, BrightWind, an Irish wind resource assessment company, today announced the launch of BrightHub, a new open data platform for Irish wind and solar resource data. The launch marks the completion of a €162,000 grant awarded to the company in 2020 by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to develop the platform.

The BrightHub platform provides wind analysts and researchers, in Ireland and internationally, with open access to wind and solar resource datasets, enabling them to better understand Ireland’s wind and solar energy resources. The datasets can be used to improve day-ahead forecasting of wind energy on the electrical system thus allowing more wind to be utilised instead of fossil fuels, helping Ireland to reach its renewable energy targets.

BrightWind has also announced the launch of version 2.0 of its open-source data analysis library. This library facilitates co-operation and research activities within the renewable energy industry by simplifying and standardising the access to quality wind and solar data.

Among the organisations currently contributing data to the BrightHub platform are; Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), SEAI along with Wind Energy Direct, Greencoat Renewables and several other industry players.

Ben Brooks, Asset Manager at Greencoat Renewables, the owner of 20 wind farms in Ireland, said, “We are more than happy to share historical wind resource data from some of our operational sites. We see this as a win-win as the learnings from the resulting research will help accelerate the roll-out of renewable energy infrastructure. Our commitment to a sustainable future for the planet and our society extends beyond our investments and the clean energy they generate.”

BrightWind founded in 2015 by Shane Martin and Stephen Holleran is headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin.

The BrightWind team has extensive international experience in wind resource assessment, bringing thousands of megawatts of projects from site selection to financial close.

Stephen Holleran, co-founder and director of BrightWind, said, “BrightHub and the BrightWind open-source library, the only fully fledged open-source library for wind data processing in the world, will empower wind analysts and researchers to better understand the wind in Ireland.”

“The Python library in particular gives wind analysts across the world the tools to advance their work practices and perform vital research that is currently not feasible. We are keen supporters of the open-source philosophy as we’ve seen huge benefits in the software industry which we aim to apply to the wind industry.”

John McCann, Programme Manager, SEAI said, “SEAI was delighted to provide funding to BrightWind through its research and development programme which supports innovations that contribute to Ireland’s low carbon future.”

“The BrightHub platform will facilitate the wind and solar energy sector by providing access to improved wind and solar energy resource data and analysis. This platform will in particular provide a resource to small wind and solar energy players such as community projects and renewable energy self-consumers, who can find it difficult to access good quality wind and solar resource data and analysis tools.”

Raymond Byrne, a researcher at the Centre for Renewable Energy, DkIT, said, “High quality long-term wind resource data sets can be cost and time prohibitive for researchers to produce, or can come with confidentiality constraints when acquired from the wind industry. BrightHub, an open access platform of wind resource data, at all scales, will greatly benefit the research community in carrying out impactful research in a timely manner.”

Last October Everoze, a specialist renewables and energy consultancy headquartered in Bristol, acquired a 49.9% stake in BrightWind, bolstering both companies’ capabilities to deliver accurate energy production analyses, due diligence and other services.

The BrightHub platform can be accessed via https://brightwindhub.com and documentation of the BrightWind library can be found on its GitHub repository at https://github.com/brightwind-dev/brightwind.

Job Location: Ireland or the UK
Closing date for applications: 15th of January 2021

Small, autonomous teams. Pursue the research that interests you. Proud of delivering quality. Analytical. Problem solver. Drive to develop and grow the business. CFD analysis. Analysis of offshore wind resource. 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 resource assessment. We work closely with our clients to assess the future energy yield from planned or operational wind farms and highlight the associated risks. We are looking for two senior wind resource analysts that can contribute significantly to 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 solutions that will improve our data analytics platform. You’ll use Python 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:
• MEng or BEng, or equivalent, in Engineering or Physics;
• 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 yield assessments
• Passion for computer programming essential
• Any of the following are particularly desirable:
• experience in CFD modelling for wind energy applications
• experience in offshore energy yield analysis
• experience in remote sensing

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and CV to Shane at shane@brightwindanalysis.com

Dublin, Ireland, 20 October 2020 – Everoze, a specialist renewables and energy consultancy headquartered in Bristol, today announced that it has acquired a 49.9% stake in Brightwind, an Irish wind resource assessment company.

The strategic investment will bolster both consultancies’ capabilities to deliver accurate energy production assessments (EPAs), due diligence and other services. While both firms will continue to operate independently, they will collaborate on projects where one or the other can supplement resources, technology, or know-how to accelerate delivery or improve outcomes for their clients.

Everoze, with expertise in offshore and onshore wind, solar, energy storage and energy flexibility, works with businesses across power, transport, and heat markets to help accelerate the transition to decarbonised energy systems. The firm has offices across Europe and is actively engaged on projects worldwide.

“Our ambition is to be a driving force in delivering cutting-edge wind assessments,” said Richard Whiting, founding partner, Everoze. “Combining Brightwind’s market-leading tools and technology with Everoze’s depth of experience will enable us to meet the increasing demand for energy analysis expertise and meet shorter delivery timescales. We can now offer a higher volume of bankable EPA analyses and reviews for our clients. We are also looking forward to working with Brightwind to support offshore wind, solar and energy storage customers across their home market of Ireland.”

Brightwind founded in 2015 by Shane Martin and Stephen Holleran is headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin. The Brightwind team has extensive international experience in wind resource assessment, bringing thousands of megawatts of projects from site selection to financial close.

Brightwind founding partner, Shane Martin said: “We’re excited to be welcoming Everoze as a committed partner in Brightwind to support us as we seek to grow our team and expand our reach. The depth of Everoze and Brightwind’s expertise in Energy Production Assessments, as well as Everoze’s wider technology and market knowledge, complements our software development and data analytics expertise. Our partnership is a platform for future innovation in this field.”

Brightwind’s services, including layout design, data monitoring and analysis help to inform its customers’ development decisions and maximise their project returns.

Everoze and Brightwind are grateful to the excellent work of their advisors, Mason Hayes & Curran and Pinsent Masons respectively, for completing this transaction.

Dublin, Ireland, 15 January 2020, BrightWind has secured €162,000 in funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to support the company in building a new wind and solar resource data management platform.

The platform will be used by researchers to enable them to better understand Ireland’s wind and solar power and thus contribute to the generation of solutions to help reach the ambitious targets set out in the Government’s Climate Action Plan.

BrightWind, a renewable energy consultancy firm, was founded in 2015 with a core competency in wind resource assessment, and is headquartered at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin.

In addition to the platform the funding will support BrightWind in building an open-source data analysis Python library, to enable industry cooperation and research activities through easy access of wind and solar data.

Stephen Holleran, Co-founder and Director, BrightWind, said, “The open wind and solar data which we will gather in the new platform will contribute to research essential for meeting the Irish Government’s Climate Action Plan target of 70% of electricity generation to come from renewable sources by 2030.”

“It will do this by contributing to research in wind power forecasting to enable higher penetration of wind on the electricity system and for reducing the uncertainty in long-term energy yield predictions of wind farms.”

The BrightWind project is one of 50 cutting-edge research, development and demonstration energy projects which are receiving a total of €11 million in funding and which were announced recently by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD.

Dr Phil Hemmingway, Head, SEAI’s Low Carbon Technology Department said, The All of Government Climate Action Plan commits Ireland to significant targets and ambitions in the energy sector. Disruptive innovation will be critical for meeting these targets and for achieving Ireland’s medium and long-term decarbonisation.”

“Ireland’s energy system will undergo a rapid, continual and significant evolution during the period 2020 to 2030 and beyond. Projects such as these are at the forefront of knowledge development. I would like to congratulate the teams behind the successful projects, and look forward to seeing the outcomes, which will help to lead us to our cleaner energy future.”

Demonstrating its commitment to climate action BrightWind has pledged 1% of its annual revenue to nature-based solutions for biodiversity loss, native tree deforestation and climate change. The BrightWind team recently spent a day planting native trees at Moy Hill Farm, Co. Clare.

To find out more about the company’s commitment watch this short video:

 

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.