Title: Wind power prefeasibility study for agricultural applications in Kerman, Iran: a case study

Authors: Ighball Baniasad Askari; Lina Baniasad Askari; Mehran Ameri

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Zabol, Sistan and Baluchestan, Zabol, Iran ' Faculty of Engineering, University of Economic Sciences, No. 66 Roodsar St., 15918-11141, Tehran, Iran ' Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Jomhouri BLV, Kerman, Iran

Abstract: In the present paper, wind characteristics have been analysed for three agricultural sectors in Kerman (30°15'N,56°58'E), Iran. Wind data collected from three synoptic stations for the period of July 2006 to June 2011 at the height of 40 m has been used to study the monthly and annual wind energy potential. Two statistical methods (Meteorological and Weibull) have been applied to determine the monthly wind energy and density. Wind speed directions and the percentages of wind energy based on wind speeds of more than and equal to 3 m/s have been investigated. A technical assessment has been done to determine the electricity generation from five different wind turbines having capacity of 26 kW, 100 kW, 300 kW, 600 kW and 660 kW. This study is a first stage in a longer project and will be followed by an economic analysis on off-grid and grid connected wind energy power systems.

Keywords: wind energy; wind turbines; Weibull parameters; wind directions; Iran; wind power; prefeasibility study; agriculture; case study; wind speeds; electricity generation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRET.2014.059659

International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology, 2014 Vol.5 No.1, pp.25 - 42

Received: 13 Nov 2012
Accepted: 02 Sep 2013

Published online: 05 Mar 2014 *

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