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Wind energy as a potential generation source at Ras Benas, Egypt


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  • Ahmed, Ahmed Shata
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    Analysis of the wind characteristics in Ras Benas city located on the east coast of Red Sea in Egypt using measured data (wind, pressure and temperature) and Weibull function were made. Statistical analysis model to evaluate the wind energy potential was introduced. According to the power calculations done for the site, the annual mean wind density is 315Â kW/m2 at a height of 70Â m above ground level. This station has a huge wind energy potential for electricity generation, especially during spring and summer seasons, comparing with some European countries. In addition, the monthly wind turbine efficiency parameter ([eta]monthly) has been calculated by using a commercial wind turbine 1Â MW with 70Â m hub height to help designers and users in evaluating the potentialities and choosing the suitable wind turbine for the considered site. The use of wind turbine with capacity greater than 1000Â kW at this station was recommended. Ras Benas station was selected to install 30Â MW-wind farm consists of 20 commercial wind turbines (Nordex S 77) with hub heights and Rotor diameter were 100 and 77Â m, respectively. This site has annual wind speed more than 9.8Â m/s at 100Â m height and enough area to locate these turbines. The estimated energy production using WASP Program of these wind farm was 130Â GWh/year. Furthermore, the production costs was found 1.3[euro]Â cent/kWh, which is a competition price at the wind energy world market.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

    Volume (Year): 14 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 8 (October)
    Pages: 2167-2173

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:14:y:2010:i:8:p:2167-2173

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    Keywords: Wind speed Weibull parameter's Wind turbine efficiency parameter Electricity generation costs;


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    1. Ackermann, Thomas & Söder, Lennart, 2002. "An overview of wind energy-status 2002," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 6(1-2), pages 67-127.
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    1. Ahmed, Ahmed Shata, 2012. "Potential wind power generation in South Egypt," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 1528-1536.
    2. El Alimi, Souheil & Maatallah, Taher & Dahmouni, Anouar Wajdi & Ben Nasrallah, Sassi, 2012. "Modeling and investigation of the wind resource in the gulf of Tunis, Tunisia," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(8), pages 5466-5478.
    3. Ahmed, Ahmed Shata, 2012. "Electricity generation from the first wind farm situated at Ras Ghareb, Egypt," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 1630-1635.
    4. Dincer, Furkan, 2011. "The analysis on wind energy electricity generation status, potential and policies in the world," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 15(9), pages 5135-5142.
    5. Keirstead, James & Jennings, Mark & Sivakumar, Aruna, 2012. "A review of urban energy system models: Approaches, challenges and opportunities," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 3847-3866.
    6. Wu, Jie & Wang, Jianzhou & Chi, Dezhong, 2013. "Wind energy potential assessment for the site of Inner Mongolia in China," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 215-228.
    7. Ahmed, Ahmed Shata, 2011. "Investigation of wind characteristics and wind energy potential at Ras Ghareb, Egypt," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 15(6), pages 2750-2755, August.
    8. Lee, Myung Eun & Kim, Gunwoo & Jeong, Shin-Taek & Ko, Dong Hui & Kang, Keum Seok, 2013. "Assessment of offshore wind energy at Younggwang in Korea," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 21(C), pages 131-141.


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