Measuring the wind in Mexico

Monday 19 Mar 18
by Tom Nervil


Peter Hauge Madsen
Head of Department
DTU Wind Energy
+45 46 77 50 01

DTU software provides the basis for the planning of wind farms in Mexico.

This month, the Mexican Energy Ministry (SENER) was able to publish a press release and launch the first phase of the Mexican wind atlas. 

The first phase is made up of seven towers that are 80 meters high, which via satellite sends information about temperature and wind at 10 minutes interval. Measured data from this is compared to wind resource modelling from DTU, with whom the Mexican government has signed a cooperation agreement with.

The information from this will be used to develop capacity and plan the utilization of wind resources in Mexico for large scale, medium and small-scale energy production, as well as for a dedicated valuation of wind resources in the country.

It is pleasing to the Mexican government that they now can start a targeted effort to ensure sustainable energy in Mexico, but what does it mean for DTU?

"Yes, it shows, among other things, that there is an interest for DTU's competencies in wind resource modelling and wind measurement across most of the world," says director Peter Hauge Madsen, DTU Wind Energy.

"Jens Carsten Hansen (Section Manager at DTU, Ed.) And his people have done a good job. It can now be the beginning of a new wind energy adventure like what has happened in South Africa where Danish industrial companies have exported for a two-billion billions after the DTU introduced the South African authorities for our wind resource modeling and measurement methods that were able to minimize the risk when establishing wind farms. Therefore, it can be of great importance both for DTU and for wind energy production globally. "

According to the Mexican Energy Ministry SENER, the Mexican wind atlas is established to offer developers of wind projects and investors an accessible and free platform approved according to accepted standards from the international wind industry.

Read more - but be aware it is in Spanish