Characterization of the wind power resource in Europe and its intermittency

Alexandra Cosseron*, Udaya Bhaskar Gunturu, C. Adam Schlosser

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Wind power is assessed over Europe, with a special care given to the quantification of intermittency. Using the methodology developed in Gunturu and Schlosser [1], the MERRA boundary flux data was used to compute wind power density profiles over Europe. Besides of the analysis of capacity factor, other metrics have been designed to further quantify the availability and reliability of this resource and the extent to which wind-power intermittency is coincident across Europe. The presented analysis leads to the conclusion that wind-proponents' favourite statement, "wind always blows somewhere", may not be so true.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-66
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy Procedia
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 General Assembly of European Geosciences Union, EGU 2013 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Apr 7 2013Apr 12 2013


  • Capacity factor
  • Clean energy
  • Coincidence
  • Intermittency
  • Wind power density

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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