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Complementarity of wind and solar power

This map shows the difference between considering only the average capacity factor of wind turbines CF_w as criterion for viable locations (gray) and considering the usefulness of wind turbines for balancing out solar panel output on diurnal timescales, expressed with C_stab (colours indicating the amount of years in the period 2009–2017 in which this signal is found from ERA5 data). Clearly, the first method underestimates the extent of suitable locations as compared to the second (Sterl et al., 2018).