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New sub-national data for Europe

27 Jul 2018

We are pleased to announce a new dataset for download. We have simulated Europe’s fleet of wind and PV plants and aggregated it to NUTS-2 regions. This gives more granular detail than our existing national dataset, splitting 29 countries in Europe into 281 regions as pictured here:


(Image source and full-resolution version: Eurostat)

We have also produced maps of the NUTS zones in each individual country (NUTS2 Ninja Simulation ...

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Apologies for downtime

02 Apr 2018

We apologise for the downtime over Easter weekend. Our host suffered technical problems in their Frankfurt datacenter, causing intermittent issues throughout the 1st and 2nd of April. Everything is back online now, so you can get back to your renewables data!

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Raw weather data

30 Mar 2018

Today we are launching a new model for which delivers raw weather data, such as temperature, rainfall and cloud cover. This works in the same ways as the wind farm and solar PV simulations: you can download weather data for a specific location with our point-and-click map, or you can select ‘Country’ mode to download pre-made datasets.

Eight weather variables are available in this initial release: temperature, rainfall ...

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New R and Excel interfaces

29 Mar 2018

We have been working on our documentation to reduce the learning curve for the API, and extend usability to people without a programming background.

Since we enabled API keys for all users, it has been great to see a growing share of simulations being run through the API. We now have example code in R, and publicise the ‘Ninja Automator’ code. This is an R script automates the ...

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Token-based API access available by default

27 Oct 2017

We are happy to announce that token-based automated API access is now enabled for all accounts by default. Your token is displayed on your profile page when logged in.

See the API documentation for more information on how to use the API.

API request limits remain in place. If you find that you need large volumes of data and are hitting the limits, do contact us to discuss options.

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More years, more papers, more turbines

11 Aug 2017

For the past few months, we have been running a closed beta test, offering four years of data.  Thanks to all our users that took part in testing!  Since this ran smoothly, we are happy to announce that as of today, the Ninja is able to serve 17 years of weather and renewables data – from 2000 through to 2016.

This expanded data set is now available to all registered users ...

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New Ninja design and features

10 Jul 2017

Today we are pleased to unveil the next generation of the website! The website is now cleaner, fully mobile responsive, and features a new “country mode” interface to help you easily select and download nationally aggregated wind and solar output. In addition, in light of user feedback, the wind data in the new country mode is now separated into onshore and offshore.

When visiting the site you will ...

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Four years of data, local time zones, and more to come soon

31 Mar 2017

We are working behind the scenes to get ready for its next major update. In the meantime, we are beginning to roll out improvements made in the course of this work.

Many of our users have requested more data, so they can expand their research to cover more than a single year.  So, we are conducting a closed beta test with four years of data (2012-2015). Contact us ...

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New papers are published

21 Sep 2016

We are pleased to announce that the two peer-reviewed papers describing the models were published today in the journal Energy. These papers describe the underlying models that generate wind and solar time series data, demonstrate their validation across Europe, and then use them to study the impacts of wind and solar power across Europe in the near future.

In Pfenninger and Staffell (2016) we modelled the hourly output ...

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