Category Archives: Cumulative

Cumulative Data Refresh: April 2016

Last week was the end of April, so it was time to update our cumulative dataset again. The headline numbers in our dataset now includes: 31547 turbines over 16493 projects.

Break down by stage

Stage Total Projects Total Turbines
Consented 9,105 17,054
Proposed 568 2,115
Appeal in Progress
160 373
Refused 2,884 5,832
Scoping 70 382
Screening 995 1,427
Withdrawn 2,716 4,364

Notes to Readers, Users and Editors

The VentusAR April 2016 refresh contains data sourced up to 1st May 2016. It contains publicly accessible information about project and turbine locations including turbine type and dimensions.

The dataset can be used as a quick, easy and convenient way to obtain cumulative turbine locations, required as part of the onshore wind development process. More information can be found on the VentusAR website.

Cumulative Data Refresh: Sept 2015

Cumulative150This week we have re-imported out national cumulative dataset. As we usually do when we re-import the data, we had a brief dive into it to explore what is new and what new applications are going on in the onshore wind industry in the UK.

Headline numbers for September 2015 dataset – there are now 31470 turbines spread over 16502 projects.

Appeals

This time, we’ve changed our data collection and import process slightly. We now identify if a planning application has gone to an appeal. All projects in an appeal will be in the Appeal In Progress state.

In our National Cumulative dataset, we know of 157 projects in 85 Local Authorities that are currently going through appeal. To break this down by Local Authority we get the following top 10 Local Authorities with wind projects currently in appeal.

Number of Appeals Local Authority
13 Aberdeenshire
7 Torridge
5 Highland
5 Barnsley
4 Newark & Sherwood
4 Perth & Kinross
4 South Lanarkshire
3 North Ayrshire
3 North Lincolnshire
3 Allerdale

Notes to Readers, Users and Editors

The VentusAR September 2015 refresh contains data sourced in the two months up to 1st September 2015 and loaded on 15th Sept 2015. It contains publicly accessible information about the project and the turbine locations, including turbine type and dimensions.

The dataset can be used as a quick, easy and convenient way to obtain cumulative turbine locations, required as part of the onshore wind development process. More information can be found about the VentusAR national cumulative dataset on the VentusAR website.

This dataset is available to all, whether you are a  VentusAR app customer or not. Non-VentusAR customers can access the data via a secure website by registering as a “portal-only” user.  Please contact us for further information.

If you have other suggestions of interesting statistics (most used turbine model at different sizes) or want to have a custom analysis and report created for a specific area, please email hello@ventusar.com.

Cumulative Data Refresh: July 2015

We are pleased to announce the latest refresh of our national turbine dataset (for cumulative assessment) which is available from VentusAR (both for app-users and for data-only access). The dataset contains information on the size and location of wind turbines as they pass through the UK planning application systems.

Headline numbers for the July 2015 refresh across the UK are 16,362 projects containing 31,468 turbines. This is approximately 5% more turbines than imported in the May 2015 dataset.

Local Authority Spotlight

Our dataset now contains projects found in 360 UK wide local authorities. In Scotland alone, there are now 4,699 projects containing 13,963 turbines (that is over 8.5% up on the May 2015 release).

The top ten LA’s with the most turbines within the planning system are as follows:

 

In terms of the “best” or “worst” areas for consented turbines, The Shetland Isles and Renfrewshire are both at one end of the scale having over 80% of all turbines (not individual applications) granted. Angelsey on the other hand has under 20% of all turbines permitted.

Notes to Readers, Users and Editors

The VentusAR July 2015 refresh contains data sourced in the two months up to 1st July 2015 and loaded on 9th July 2015. It contains publicly accessible information about the project and the turbine locations, including turbine type and dimensions.

The dataset can be used as a quick, easy and convenient way to obtain cumulative turbine locations, required as part of the onshore wind development process. More information can be found about the VentusAR national cumulative dataset on the VentusAR website.

This dataset is available to all, whether you are a  VentusAR app customer or not. Non-VentusAR customers can access the data via a secure website by registering as a “portal-only” user.  Please contact us for further information.

If you have other suggestions of interesting statistics (most used turbine model at different sizes) or want to have a custom analysis and report created for a specific area, please email hello@ventusar.com.

Bad Murder?

Today (18 June 2015), Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change announced that the government was bringing forwards a Tory manifesto pledge to controversially end the subsidy for onshore wind development a year early (to April 2016). The announcement has been (and continues to be) challenged by industry and Scottish government.

This is undoubtedly bad timing for an industry on the cusp of standing on it’s own feet – but it’s also not the killing off of a massive employment and investment component of the economy. The industry will carry on becoming leaner and deliver efficiencies across planning, construction and operation. Linknode will continue to deliver digital capabilities to provide rapid, proportionate and accessible solutions to help facilitate development, planning and community engagement.

This week I was reading the “Subsidies and costs of EU Energy” Final Report, published in November 2014. For those who think TL;DR the chart below comes from the final page:

ECOFYS - Levelised Energy Costs

Despite bad reporting from much of the popular press in the UK, it is clear that subsidies across all energy generation – including fossil fuels and nuclear – make up the energy bill mix. Add to this the recent call from G7 countries to phase out fossil fuels entirely, worldwide by the end of the century and we need a programme of mid-term goals for the next generation that will require public and private investment.

So, today we are where we are.
Tomorrow, onshore wind will further innovate and move forwards – Linknode are an enabling partner in the industry and continue to facilitate economic digital data services and cost effective scoping planning and development tools with VentusAR.

Does Amber Rudd mean Bad Murder? Only in an anagram generator.

Cumulative Data Refresh: May 2015

UK-Themed-UK-copyEarlier this week, we imported a refresh of our national cumulative data which is available from VentusAR (both for app-users and for data-only access). The dataset contains information on the size and location wind turbines as they pass through the UK planning application systems.

Last time I delved a little deeper into the statistics for turbines and projects across the UK. I thought I would follow this up with a more detailed comparison of the stats for Scotland to see how the picture has changed as we continue to improve the data.

Headline numbers for the May 2015 refresh across the UK are 15,717 projects containing 29,940 turbines. This is approximately 1% more turbines than imported in the March 2015 dataset.

Scotland

This time we have done a fair amount of data cleaning within the Scotland data. For example, there are instances where we have merged separate turbines back under one project umbrella. In all, this continuous improvement gives us a clearer picture of what has been going on in Scotland and enhances the value of the data for cumulative assessment even further.

Headline numbers for Scotland are there are now 4,871 projects containing 12,755 turbines (this is up 0.5% on the March 2015 import).

By Stage Through the Planning Process

It is always interesting to see how the planning pipeline looks. The table below shows that the number of projects that are proposed (i.e. awaiting a decision) is down 34 projects (from 357 to 320). This is due to a number of projects moving from proposed to either consented or refused.

Stage Total Projects Total Turbines
Consented 2,991 7,398
Proposed 320 1,796
Refused 804 2,191
Scoping 23 138
Screening 45 106
Withdrawn 688 1,126

By Local Authority

An alternative view on the data shows where in the country the 0.5% growth is. Below is a table of all the Local Authorities that have had an increase in the number of turbines in the planning system since our last refresh. These are the Local Authorities in Scotland where wind developments are most actively being put into the planning system.  Over time, we will be able to compare year-on-year to give a broader picture of development.

Local Authority Number of Projects Number of Turbines Turbines Added
East Ayrshire 165 646 28
Highland 554 1,861 14
North Ayrshire 45 208 11
Perth & Kinross 250 630 5
Aberdeenshire 856 1,299 2
Argyll & Bute 253 812 2
Dumfries & Galloway 256 1,137 2
Fife 163 298 2
Edinburgh 33 38 1
Falkirk 57 109 1
Moray 152 480 1

Summary

Our third refresh of the VentusAR National Cumulative dataset has increased the overall project and turbine count by approximately 1%. The size of the planning pipeline is slightly smaller than it was in the March 2015 dataset, but East Ayrshire, Highland and North Ayrshire were the top three authorities by number of turbines added in the last two months.

If you have other suggestions of interesting statistics (most used turbine model at different sizes) or want to have a custom analysis and report created for a specific area, please email hello@ventusar.com.

 

Notes to Readers

The VentusAR May 2015 refresh contains data sourced in the two months up to 1st May 2015 and loaded on 3rd May 2015. It contains publicly accessible information about the project and the turbine locations, including turbine type and dimensions.

The dataset can be used as a quick, easy and convenient way to obtain cumulative turbine locations, required as part of the onshore wind development process. More information can be found about the VentusAR national cumulative dataset on the VentusAR website.

This dataset is available to all, whether you are a  VentusAR app customer or not. Non-VentusAR customers can access the data via a secure website by registering as a “portal-only” user.  Please contact us for further information.

How to Become a Portal-Only User for Access to the National Cumulative Dataset

VentusAR provides access to the dataset of UK turbine locations (described in a previous blog post).  Users of the VentusAR app have one-off preview or Snapshot access for cumulative visualisation impact assessment.

We can now also offer unlimited access to the baseline data of turbine details.  This is provided via a subscription model for both app users and portal-only (website) usersradius

  1. You can view/download baseline data with unlimited searches up to 15km radius for £99 per month
  2. You can view/download baseline data with unlimited searches up to 30km radius for £199 per month
  3. You can view/download baseline data with unlimited searches up to 60km radius for £249 per month

These options are based on a 12 month minimum contract.

  •  The baseline search provides access to the UK National cumulative dataset which is updated every two months.  Therefore, at times when you do a search, it may contain slightly out of date data. The baseline search details every project along with turbine information (location, sizes and models) and planning application types and number. It can be used within your project, including as a baseline for additional searches (hence the name).
  • For more up-to-date details you can optionally purchase a Snapshot for an area.  We will run extensive research to provide a refreshed dataset of all the cumulative projects found within your search area. Again, this dataset includes every project name along with turbine information (location, sizes and models) and planning application types and number. It also includes the full metadata of the research (which document the data came from and on which date it was recorded).  We aim to get this data to you within five working days of ordering. The pricing structure of a snapshot is based on the number of projects found within your search area.  Hence a more complex, intensive, validated search area costs more.
    You can view the prices on our website here.  These prices are available to regular VentusAR app users, but as a subscriber to the cumulative baseline data you will receive 10% off.

All data is available to export as a .CSV file for use within your own systems. We just ask that you adhere to the terms and conditions and the data is not for resale.

If you would like to discuss either of these subscriptions, or other options, please contact us at hello@ventusar.com or call 0141 559 6170

Viewing and Purchasing Cumulative Datasets

In our previous blog we introduced the VentusAR cumulative data service and described just how big the dataset is. Now I guess you’re now wondering how you get access to it?

It’s simple, and can save you time, effort and money in your everyday work.

As a VentusAR customer, you already have the tools to allow you to view a summary of the cumulative projects within the National Dataset. Full access to the details and a snapshot update are available at a small cost.

Now, non-VentusAR app customers can also access the data by signing up as a Cumulative Data User (portal-only, no app), please contact us for more information.


So, where to start? At the Portal login as usual, select the project you want to assess the cumulative impact on, and navigate to the ‘Cumulative’ tab.

Here you can:

  • View any ‘Organisational’ Cumulative Projects you have set up within the portal
  • View the Free Summary from the National Dataset
  • Request a Snapshot of the Project Area (remember, a Snapshot is a time-stamped update of the cumulative projects following our search and refresh process)
  • View your Snapshot Data

Free Summary

The free summary shows the number of cumulative projects found within the range set by the user (i.e. 30km), they are organised by project stage.

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You can change the search range by navigating to Edit Project page and entering the specific radius you require in the Cumulative Search Radius field. This enables different searches to be quickly and easily previewed for summary counts before ordering a Snapshot. The National Database is refreshed every two months.

Requesting a Snapshot

To ensure the data is up-to-date for a particular project, each Snapshot delivery is validated and refreshed individually for all the Cumulative Data within your project radius.

The charges for this service are worked out by the number of projects found within your search area. The Portal will show you how much you will be charged, and youcan review before committing. You must agree to our data usage and pricing terms.

To request the Snapshot, click the Request Snapshot button.

request

Once you have agreed to terms and ordered a Snapshot, instant access is provided to full details within the National Dataset for the project area.  This includes project name and location, turbine information (locations, sizes and models) and planning application number.

(Remember, the national dataset extract may be up to two-months out of date so should not be used for planning submissions).

An up-to-date Snapshot refresh will be provided within 5 – 7 working days of order.  This includes project name and location, turbine information (locations, sizes and models) and planning application number. The snapshot will be delivered directly to your project within the Portal, and will replace the extract from the National Dataset. The Snapshot provides up to date details of nearby projects, so may be used for planning submissions.

Additional metadata is included in the snapshot to show the source source and date retrieved to provide an auditable trail of cumulative data.

Viewing the Cumulative Data within the App

You can view the Free Summary in the app too, The details will be locked however, and will only show the project locations on the map summary.

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After you have requested a Snapshot, the Cumulative Data will be available in the app, on the map summary, the Fly Through and on My View. Until the Snapshot is delivered, this will be the latest National Dataset details available.

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Exporting Cumulative Data

As well as being viewable in the app, the Snapshot Cumulative Dataset you purchase can also be downloaded for your own use as a .CSV (comma separated, plain text) file.

Upon purchasing the dataset, you agree to only use your data for provision of the VentusAR system and services, or in relation to your use for that project only and not for data resale.

If you have any questions regarding access to our Cumulative Data, please feel free to call us on 0141 559 6170 or email hello@ventusar.com

Cumulative Data Refresh

UK-Themed-UK-copyToday we have imported a refresh of the national cumulative data available within VentusAR. This is dataset contains information the size and location about every turbine in Great Britain and is available within the VentusAR portal to make it source accurate cumulative data for a project you are working on. This dataset has already saved some of our clients two weeks of tedious research work to get an accurate picture of the turbines and projects that would have a cumulative impact on their project.

I thought I would share a few statistics derived from this dataset. All data is taken from publicly accessible sources and is aggregated into VentusAR’s national cumulative database. The database is refreshed every two months. Please note:

  • Data is based on information retrieved from the planning authorities public websites up to the 28th February 2015
  • Based on this data source, there is no easy way to tell if a consented project has been constructed.

Great Britain

The total turbine and project counts for Great Britain as a whole (this includes England, Scotland and Wales) No data is included for Northern Ireland.

  • 15550 Projects applied for (8739 consented or constructed)
  • 29577 Turbines applied for (16206 consented or constructed)

Scotland

As Linknode is based in Scotland, I thought we would start with looking at the turbines that have been in the planning system for Scotland. These queries can be run for other countries, regions or areas, next time we do a refresh, I will post some statistics for another area.

Total Applications

  • 4937 Projects in the planning system (3047 consented or constructed)
  • 12700 Turbines in the planning system (7374 consented or constructed)

Applications by Project Size

I wanted to know the number of single turbine projects in Scotland. This chart shows the split of single turbine projects compared to multi turbine projects. So approximately three quarters of the turbines are from multi turbine projects while approximately one quarter are from single turbine projects.

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Turbines By Development size in Scotland

  Projects Turbines
Single Turbine Projects 3275 3275
Multi Turbine Projects 1662 9425

Applications by Stage

Our cumulative database represents turbines and projects at different stages within the planning application system. We include all the data that we can find on the local authorities websites, so everything that has been rejected is included. The stages we include in the VentusAR national cumulative dataset are:

  • Consented – the scheme has been consented – it may or may not be constructed.
  • Proposed – a scheme is currently in the planning application system and is being assessed by local authorities
  • Refused – the scheme has been rejected by planning authorities. The developer may appealed the scheme within the appropriate time limit.
  • Scoping – a developer has asked the planning authority for an opinion of their scheme. No formal planning application has been submitted
  • Screening – a developer has asked the planning authority for an opinion of their scheme. No formal planning application has been submitted.
  • Withdrawn – The developer has withdrawn the planning application and this information has been marked on the weekly list.

As seen above, single turbine projects make up a quarter of the total applications that have been through or are going through the planning application system. To my mind, there are two key differences:

  • 64% of single turbine projects have successfully got through the planning application system, while only 56% of larger multi turbine projects have been successfully.
  • The refused rate is broadly similar (18% for larger multi turbine projects, 15% for single turbine projects)
  • The withdrawn rate for single turbine projects is double that of multi turbine project (7% for multi turbine projects, 15% for single turbine projects).

These are best shown visually:

Total Turbines by Type in Scotland

Total Turbines by Type in Scotland

Single Turbine Projects Multi Turbine Projects
Projects Turbines Projects Turbines
Consented  2090  2090  957  5284
Proposed  197  197  157  1590
Refused  477  477  307  1687
Scoping  3  3  21  135
Screening  25  25  22  95
Withdrawn  483  483  198  634

Turbine Sizes

I thought it might be interesting to know the average hub height and average blade length of the turbines that are in or have been through the planning application system in Scotland.

The average hub height off all turbines in Scotland turns out to be 48m, while the average blade length is 25.8m. Again I’ve broken these statistics down by single turbine projects (average hub height 24.1m, blade length 10.2m) and multi turbine projects (average hub height 56.2m and blade length 31.2m). The magnitude of difference between these sizes is shown visually below.

Average Turbine Size for Single and Multi turbines projects in Scotland

Average Turbine Size for Single and Multi turbines projects in Scotland

  Average Hub Height (m) Average Blade Length (m)
Single Turbine 24.1 10.2
Multi Turbine 56.2 31.2

Summary

These statistics provide an insight into the volume of wind turbines currently in the planning system. I plan to do similar statistical analysis each time we import a new Cumulative Dataset into VentusAR to provide further insight into the wind turbine picture in the Great Britain.

If you have other suggestions of interesting statistics (most used turbine model at different sizes) or want to have a custom analysis and report created for a specific area, please email hello@ventusar.com.

The new VentusAR national cumulative dataset contains 15550 different Projects and 29577 Turbines. This data was sourced in the two months up to 28th February 2015 and loaded on 3rd March 2015. It contains all publicly accessible information about the project and the turbine locations, including turbine type and dimensions.

The dataset is used to obtain cumulative data provides a quick, easy and convenient way of discovering the picture of the other projects currently in the planning application system in a search area. More information can be found about the VentusAR national cumulative dataset on the VentusAR website.

This dataset is available to all, whether you are a  VentusAR customer or not. Non-VentusAR customers can access the data by registering as a “portal-only” user.  Please contact us for further information.

VentusAR 2.1 Released – Assessing Cumulative Impact

We are pleased to announce the release of VentusAR v2.1 for Android, iPad (and associated portal updates).

This is a significant upgrade, allowing cumulative data to be purchased and used from our National Cumulative Dataset.  This dataset contains information sourced from local authorities about the status of wind turbine planning applications.

We recommend updating the new version of VentusAR to take advantage of the new features that have been introduced.

The features you have been waiting for:

For iPad and Android users this release includes many new features including:

  • National Cumulative Dataset: All projects get free summary visuals from the national cumulative dataset. If you purchase snapshot data for a project area, then accurate, up-to-data cumulative information and turbine details will be shown instead
  • Turbine Information Screens: The site and turbine information screens have been updated to make them easier to use
  • International Support: Per-project projection codes now allow local coordinates to be used in different countries

VentusAR 2.1, showing cumulative projects 

For the portal, the new features added include:

  • National Cumulative Dataset: the portal now allows access to the national cumulative dataset. This allows you to obtain accurate, up-to-date cumulative turbine and project information
  • Custom Terrain Importing: custom terrain models can now be imported from within the portal
  • Export to PDF Enhancements: improved metadata display layout and set a custom logo
  • International Support: projects can be set up in Finland and Ireland

Please see our the release notes on VentusAR 2.1 for AndroidiPad or the portal.

You can read more about how you can access cumulative data on our website and view videos here.

We will be explaining more about these new features in future ‘Feature Spotlight’ blogs. Stay tuned for more info.  In the meantime, if you have any queries, please feel free to contact us on 0141 559 6170 or email hello@ventusar.com

We are very proud and excited to be the first in the UK to launch a service of this type, which is the product of more than twelve months concentrated research and development work between ourselves and our data partners.

As always, we like to celebrate with a cake or two. This release deserved something a little more special though. Yum.

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The Matrix Comes to RenewableUK

This year at the Renewable UK 2014 annual conference and exhibition, we gave our stand visitors a little more to think about, with Neo from the Matrix asking them to choose between the ‘blissful ignorance of illusion or the truth of reality – choose the red pill’

Or really, munch on a cherry flavoured jelly bean whilst we showed you real-time visualisations! IMAG0065

The exhibition, this year at the Manchester Central gave host to 250 exhibitors, and saw nearly 4000 delegates attend the conference sessions over three days.

This gave us the opportunity to launch our new on-demand service for downloading and assessing cumulative visual impact of onshore wind turbines – the UK’s first service of this kind.

It was great to catch up with existing contacts and demonstrate our innovate technologies to new faces in the industry.

Learn more about this new service by viewing the following video or feel free to contact us.

We will be drawing the winner of our bottle of Jura Whisky very shortly – watch this space.