Global Wind Atlas

Developer or Source: Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy), World Bank

The Global Wind Atlas is a free, web-based application developed to help policymakers, planners, and investors identify high-wind areas for wind power generation virtually anywhere in the world, and then perform preliminary calculations. The Global Wind Atlas (GWA) primarily supports wind power development during the exploration and preliminary wind resource assessment phases prior to the installation of meteorology measurement stations on site. It also serves as a useful tool for governments to get a better understanding of their wind resource potential at provincial and local levels. The Global Wind Atlas facilitates online queries and provides freely downloadable datasets based on the latest input data and modeling methodologies. Users can additionally download high-resolution maps of the wind resource potential, for use in GIS tools, at the global, country, and first-administrative unit (State/Province/Etc.) level in the Downloads section. Information on the datasets and methodology used to create the Global Wind Atlas can be found in the Methodology and Datasets sections.

Region: Global
Sectors and Topics: Infrastructure and Industry, Renewable Energy, Rural, Urban
Scale: National
Expertise Level: Generalist, Practitioner
Resource Type: Analysis Tools
Cost: No
Languages: English
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