More than 8.000 wind energy seekers per month use the Global Wind Atlas to find wind resource hot spots anywhere on earth. Over the summer, nazka and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) have worked hard to implement new features in the Global Wind Atlas. Wind layers have been upgraded to a 250m resolution and visitors can now download the original GIS files that were used to generate these wind layers. In addition, they can also print customized maps while adapting the scale of the colors and the region of interest to their needs. In total, the Global Wind Atlas is now serving 12 global layers good for more than 160.000.000 (!) map tiles. nazka has implemented the new features so that users can easily switch between layers and regions. The result is an innovative solution which can easily be extended to future new layers and increasing traffic.
The Global Wind Atlas is a free, web-based application developed to help policymakers and investors identify potential high-wind areas for wind power generation virtually anywhere in the world, and perform preliminary calculations. The tool facilitates online queries and provides freely downloadable datasets based on the latest input data and modeling methodologies. In addition to a completely revised underlying dataset, the GWA website has been reimagined from the bottom up by Nazka Mapps, under contract to DTU Wind Energy, and funded by Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), a multi-donor trust fund administered by The World Bank and supported by 13 official bilateral donors.