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9 Sep 2015CERC applies new FLOWSTAR-Energy model to assess impact of proposed wind farm

CERC was recently commissioned to carry out an assessment of the impact of two proposed large wind turbines on the wind energy yield of an existing smaller wind turbine in the neighbourhood of the proposed site. The assessment used FLOWSTAR-Energy to model the impact of the proposed wind turbines on the local flow and turbulence including the effect of the local topography. The picture shows calculated mean wind speed and direction overlaid on an OS OpenData background map.

FLOWSTAR-Energy is an extension of the FLOWSTAR model of flow and turbulence in complex terrain and provides useful output for wind farm planning, such as free stream, gross and net energy yields. FLOWSTAR-Energy will be available to purchase from this autumn; for more information and prices, please contact CERC.

1 Sep 20152015 ADMS User Group Meeting dates are 11th and 12th November

The 2015 User Group Meetings will be held in Manchester on the 11th and 12th November.

  • ADMS 5 User Group Meeting: 11th November
  • ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads User Group Meeting: 12th November

These meetings will include the usual mix of presentations by CERC staff and software users and are the ideal opportunity to hear the latest news and advice on new model features. Users with a valid support contract are entitled to one or two delegate places free of charge depending on the type of licence held. Please contact CERC if there is a topic you would like to be covered at one of the meetings or if you would be willing to give a 'user view' presentation. Registration will open online in the Autumn.

18 Aug 2015Summer 2015 editions of CERC model newsletters now available

The Summer 2015 editions of ADMS 5 News and ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads News are now available to download.

18 Aug 2015CERC applies new advanced street canyon module in City of London

CERC has assessed the air quality impacts of proposed road closures in the City of London using the advanced street canyon module, developed for the upcoming ADMS-Urban and ADMS-Roads releases. This feature improved the representation of dispersion of traffic emissions in the highly asymmetrical street canyons in this built-up area. The urban canopy flow module was also used to improve the calculation of velocity and turbulence profiles, incorporating the effects of buildings across London. More information on both modules can be found here.

CERC's Emissions Inventory Toolkit (EMIT) was used to recalculate traffic emissions using the latest emission factors, adjusted by CERC using data from recent emissions measurement campaigns in London. Activity data was taken from the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (LAEI) 2010.

11 Aug 2015CERC appointed on TfL's Professional Services Framework

CERC has been appointed by Transport for London on its Professional Services Framework: Health and Safety Services and Environmental Services. CERC was successful in three sub-categories: Air Quality Modelling (for which CERC obtained the highest overall score); Developing and Maintaining Emissions Inventories; and Analysing Emissions Inventories.

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