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A map depicting wind resources at 100 meters of the republic of the Philippines.

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Wind Prospector

A web-based GIS applications designed to support resource assessment and data exploration associated with wind development.

Philippines Wind Viewer Tutorial

Learn how to navigate, display, query and download Philippines data in the Wind Prospector.

Philippines Geospatial Toolkit

EXE 926.5 MB

Philippines Wind Resource Maps and Data

In 2014, under the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NREL's National Wind Technology Center and Geospatial Data Science Team applied modern approaches to update previous estimates to support the development of wind energy potential in the Philippines. The new assessment includes more economically viable wind potential closer to loads and infrastructure to promote wind development in the region by providing wind resource information that informs and attracts renewable investors and developers to the region. This assessment also expands the current data set from 30-meter (m) to 30m, 50m, 80m, 100m, 140m, and 200m, and offers the latest generation technology for a physically-based model, numerical weather prediction, long-term representative with detailed information about frequency distribution, shear/wind direction, temperature, air density and temporal information. The resource assessment will be ongoing and the products developed will include national and regional resource potential maps, siting studies, and access to the measurement data.

The 1-kilometer wind resource assessment grid was based on surface wind data, coastal marine area data, and upper-air data, where applicable. The modeling assumptions had a scope of one Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) with forced sampling from a 15-year period using Day 1 TMY from Year 1 and Day 2 TMY from Year 2 and so on. In data-sparse areas, three qualitative indicators of wind speed or power were used when applicable: topographic/meteorological indicators (e.g. gorges, mountain summits, sheltered valleys); wind deformed vegetation; and eolian landforms (e.g. playas, sand dunes). The data was evaluated at a regional level to produce 12 regional wind resource assessments; the regional assessments were then incorporated into the national wind resource assessment. The modeling specifications, included using the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF 3.5) with inputs from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ERA-Interim Reanalysis) for boundary conditions and U.S. Geological Survey for terrain data.

Philippines Wind Resource Data

Geo-referenced Wind Resource & Climatology at each height of 30m, 50m, 80m, 100m, 140m, and 200m:

  • Annual mean wind speed
  • Annual mean power density
  • Annual mean temperature
  • Annual mean air density
  • Annual Weibull a and k
  • Annual sectorized wind speed count (16 sectors)
  • Annual wind speed histogram (30 bins)
  • Monthly mean wind speed (for 12 months)
  • Monthly mean power density (for 12 months)
  • Monthly mean temperature (for 12 months)
  • Monthly mean air density (for 12 months)
  • Monthly Weibull a and k (for 12 months)
  • Monthly sectorized wind speed count (16 sectors)
  • Monthly wind speed histogram (30 bins)
  • Hourly mean wind speed (for hours 0 to 23)
  • Hourly mean power density (for hours 0 to 23)
  • Hourly mean temperature (for hours 0 to 23)
  • Hourly mean air density (for hours 0 to 23)
  • Hourly Weibull a and k (for hours 0 to 23)

Data Download Instructions

STEP 1:

  • Users first need to go to the Wind Toolkit application and select data for download. Users can launch the data download functionality under the Run Analysis tab at the top of the left navigation. Once the locations, temporal range, and attributes are selected using the draw tool, an email will be sent indicating the data is ready for download. The instructions below are meant to outline the process of downloading data after receiving this email.

STEP 2:

  • Sign Up for a Globus account https://www.globus.org/SignUp. The email verification link will likely open a new browser window from your inbox and log you into Globus.

STEP 3:

STEP 4:

  • Go to Transfer Files.
A screenshot to illustrate the process outlined above.

STEP 5:

  • Setup a Globus Connect Personal End Point.

NOTE:

  • You will need to download and install software to proceed.
A screenshot to illustrate the process outlined above.

STEP 6:

  • You need to create the end point.
  • Copy the Setup Key.
  • Select your operating system type.
  • Go into your Applications/Programs folder and open Globus Connect to get the setup prompt.
  • Paste the Setup Key when prompted.

NOTES:

  • If you experience server error when connecting to Generate Setup Key and completing installation, it likely due to a local firewall restriction, please contact your IT support and ask to use an open line.
A screenshot to illustrate the process outlined above.

STEP 7:

  • Once Globus Connect Personal is running on your computer, return to the Globus website Transfer Files screen.
  • On the left, enter "nrelgds#mesoscale_globus" for the endpoint and click Go.
A screenshot to illustrate the process outlined above. A screenshot to illustrate the process outlined above.

STEP 8:

  • On the right, use the drop down to search for the personal endpoint that you set up in Step 4 and click Go.
A screenshot to illustrate the process outlined above. A screenshot to illustrate the process outlined above.

STEP 9:

  • Select the files you want on the left. You can test your connection by downloading a small file called "capacity_factors.hdf."
  • Select a directory on your local computer on the right.
  • Click the large blue button at the top of the screen to transfer files to your personal end point.
A screenshot to illustrate the results outlined above.

Contact

Please contact Mark Jacobson for any additional information.

You also can visit our NREL Geospatial Toolkits page for information on this and other countries.