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2 Jul 2013User Group Meetings 2013

This year's user group meetings will be held at the Assembly Rooms, Newcastle on 13 and 14th November.

For more information, please visit the User Group Meetings page.

21 Jun 2013CERC takes part in Carbon Capture and Storage modelling

CERC’s contribution to the 'CO2 capture Mongstad' project, a major venture overseen by Statoil Petroleum AS and Gassnova SF (the Norwegian State enterprise for carbon capture and storage), is ongoing.

Statoil and Gassnova are planning to equip the combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Mongstad refinery with post-combustion carbon capture, potentially using amine technology.

CERC’s current work comprises the modelling of a range of amine emissions profiles from Statoil’s testing programme, to determine their impact on air quality.

Please see http://www.cerc.co.uk/environmental-research/atmospheric%20dispersion.html for more information about the project.

7 Jun 2013Free toolkit for air quality model evaluation now available

The Myair Toolkit for Model Evaluation is now available to download free from the CERC website. The Myair Toolkit enables you to assess the performance of an air quality model against in situ observed data and produces a range of statistics and attractive report-ready graphs. As well as analysis of predicted model concentrations, a key feature of the Myair Toolkit is the analysis of model predictions in terms of pollution indices and pollution alert thresholds, which are important for air quality forecast models. The Myair Toolkit was developed by CERC during the EU FP7 project PASODOBLE, which finished in April 2013.

29 May 2013Annual report available

The CERC 2011-2012 annual report is now available for viewing. For reports in previous years, please visit the About us page for details.

21 May 2013CERC takes part in Offshore Wind Accelerator Programme

CERC is currently working for the Carbon Trust to develop a mesoscale modelling approach to the investigation of offshore wind farm wake effects, as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Programme.

The main objective is to investigate the capability of a mesoscale modelling approach to estimating long-range wake effects from offshore wind farms, i.e. the ability to predict the influence of one wind farm on the yield of another.

As part of this work, CERC has completed a review of candidate mesoscale models, covering their main features, advantages and disadvantages relevant to their offshore use.

CERC, together with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, is currently working on setting up and running the mesoscale model WRF, in conjunction with CERC’s wind farm wake version of ADMS developed during the TOPFARM project, to calculate wind speed, turbulence and wind farm power output, over a simulation period of one year.

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