Wind Speed and Wind Turbines


Power output of typical wind turbine

Below the cut-in speed at 12 km/hr power output is zero.The rated output speed is rarely reached in Europe.


Measured wind speed averaged over WMO weather station. 2019


Average Winter and Summer Wind Speeds in NW Europe


Map showing capacity of wind power in NW Europe.

 The size of the circles indicates the wind power in a square 0.2o x 0.2o lat x long.

It can be seen that much of the wind power in France is in the north. Also in German much of the capacity is in the north as well as the north sea.


Examples of wind speed on particular days

Example high wind daysExample low wind days

Example wind power output in February 2019 across NW Europe.


Average Wind Speed in NW Europe