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12 Jul 2016FLOWSTAR-Energy forecast for wind turbine

CERC are providing forecasts of hourly power output for an operational wind turbine in a rural area near Inverurie, Scotland (see the map) for up to 4 days ahead. The predictions enable the turbine owner to plan energy usage. An example is shown in the figure. The live forecasts can be seen at the bottom of the CERC home page.

The forecasts are calculated using our own FLOWSTAR-Energy model to simulate air flow and turbulence accounting for the important effects of local terrain near the turbine site. Similar forecast services could be set up for both on-shore and off-shore sites anywhere in the world. FLOWSTAR-Energy can be used for individual turbines or for wind farms, simulating turbine wakes, their interaction and their effect on the flow field and wind energy resource. We would be delighted to discuss future projects so please contact us for more details.

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7 Jul 2016CERC at the recent Harmo conference in Budapest

Two of our team, Managing Director Dr David Carruthers and Stephen Smith, recently attended the 17th Harmo conference in Budapest. This conference aims to harmonise approaches to atmospheric dispersion modelling and model evaluation. They presented work on modelling agricultural and bioaerosol emissions with non-point sources and on a validation study of NOx plume chemistry in ADMS. Prof. Sarav Arunachalam from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also presented an assessment of air quality at Los Angeles International Airport that included modelling carried out in ADMS-Airport.

5 Jul 20162016 CERC Model User Survey

The 2016 survey of CERC Model Users is now open for responses. This year the survey asks users about how they use the models, about their views on the support and training services that CERC provide and about their suggestions for topics that should be discussed at the User Group Meetings in London on 9-10 November. Users of CERC models who would like to take part in the survey but have not received an email invitation can email CERC for a link to the survey. The survey will remain open for responses until the end of July.

22 Jun 2016Registration is open for the ADMS User Group Meetings, 9-10 November 2016

You can register now for the 2016 User Group Meetings, which will be held in London on 9th and 10th November.

  • ADMS 5 User Group Meeting: 9th November
  • ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads User Group Meeting: 10th November

These meetings will include the usual mix of presentations by CERC staff and software users and are the ideal opportunity to hear the latest news and advice on new model features. Users with a valid support contract are entitled to one or two delegate places free of charge depending on the type of licence held. Please contact CERC if there is a topic you would like to be covered at one of the meetings or if you would be willing to give a 'user view' presentation. More details will be published later in the year. Registration will remain open until 31st October 2016.

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21 Jun 2016QCumber-EnvHealth stakeholder workshop

QCumber-EnvHealth is a new software platform to quantify urban environmental exposure and health risks under different policy scenarios. It is being developed under an Innovate UK project by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants and the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Strathclyde with guidance from Glasgow City Council and Transport Scotland. A full range of stakeholders met with the project team at our Glasgow workshop on 13th June for a discussion of the project, the policy context and the benefits of the platform. This will be used to inform the policy case studies that will be assessed in the second half of the project.

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