Eugéne Mabille

EMabille_The Wind Atlas for South Africa: A tool to aid developers and decision-makers

Eugéne Mabille
Mabille has more than 25 years of experience as an instrumentation specialist in the meteorology and oceanography monitoring and data collection field. He has managed projects in Namibia, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenia and Mozambique involving the collection, processing and quality control of meteorological and oceanographic data. Mabille completed his BTech (Elec Eng) at the Cape Technikon in 1999. For the past five years, he has been involved with the Wind Atlas for South Africa project, primarily focusing on wind measurements and micro-scale modelling.

About the talk: South Africa’s first verified wind atlas was published in April 2014. This followed the completion of phase 1 of The Wind Atlas for South Africa project, an initiative of the Government of South Africa (Department of Minerals and Energy, now Department of Energy). The project was funded by the Royal Danish Embassy in South Africa and the Global Environment Facility with support by the United Nations Development Programme. The executing partner is the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the implementation partners in South Africa are the University of Cape Town, the South African Weather Service, SANEDI, the CSIR and DTU Wind Energy (formerly Risø) in Denmark.

The areas covered in Phase 1 included the Western Cape and parts of the Northern and Eastern Cape. Through a process that includes a number of dedicated meteorological verification stations spread over the modelling domain, the entire modelling domain was micro-scale modelled down to a resolution of 250 x 250 metres.

The resulting high-resolution resource map and the additional supplementary maps are aimed at helping wind farm developers with site selection and the available wind resources. It also helps decision-makers in government and entities such as Eskom with grid planning and industrial development.

The talk provides an overview of the project and the tools and guidelines available to the public.

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