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EGU2018: Regional wind-solar complementarity and atmospheric pressure patterns – a case study for Ireland & the UK

Last month I attended EGU2018 in Vienna, where I presented a poster titled “Regional wind-solar complementarity and atmospheric pressure patterns – a case study for Ireland & the UK” . This poster was part of the “Energy meteorology and spatial modelling of renewable energies” session (ERE3.1), which was a subset of the “Non-carbon based energy” session, part of the Energy, Resources and the Environment programme group (ERE).

Expanding on previously assessed relationships between both solar and wind resources and large scale atmospheric pressure patterns (NAO, EA pattern; SCAND pattern), this work investigated how both energetic resources respond to those patterns’ interannual variability. This was performed aiming at the assessment of potential winter season spatial complementarity between wind and solar resources in the Ireland and UK region. Further exploration of these results will shed more light on energy resources variability and potentially strengthen future renewable energy mixes’ resilience to interannual scale natural variability of atmospheric conditions.

I also saw several interesting talks from the following sessions: Climate variability of the Atlantic and Europe; Energy meteorology and spatial modelling of renewable energies. In addition, I saw some interesting posters from various sessions.