Assessing wind energy potentiality for selected sites in Malaysia

Islam, M.R. and Rahim, N.A. and Solangi, K.H. and Saidur, Rahman (2012) Assessing wind energy potentiality for selected sites in Malaysia. Energy Education Science and Technology Part a-Energy Science and Research, 29 (1). pp. 611-626. ISSN 1308-772X

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Abstract

The detailed knowledge of the wind characteristics at a site is very crucial to install and estimate the performance of a wind energy project. In this paper, with the help of 2-parameter Weibull distribution, the assessment of wind energy potentiality at Mersing, Melaka and Kuantan in 2006-2008 was carried out. The monthly and yearly highest mean wind speeds were 4.28 and 2.91 m/s respectively at Mersing. The annual highest values of the Weibull shape parameter (k) and the Weibull scale parameter (c) were 2.18 and 3.11 m/s. The maximum wind power density was found to be 26.76 W/m(2) at Mersing for the year 2008. The maximum wind power density at Melaka and Kuantan were found to be 11.98 W/m(2) and 8.4 W/m(2) respectively. The maximum wind energy density was found to be 234.42 kWh/m(2)/year at Mersing in 2008. The most probable wind speed and wind speed carrying maximum energy were estimated 2.40 m/s and 4.47 m/s at Mersing in 2008. The maximum deviation, at wind speed more than 2 m/s, between observed and Weibull frequency distribution is about 8. The most probable wind directions (blowing from) were 0 degrees, 45 degrees and 247.5 degrees at Kuantan, Melaka and Mersing respectively. From this study, it is concluded that these sites are unsuitable for large-scale wind energy generation. However, small-scale wind energy can be generated using a vertical axis turbine in Mersing.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Islam, M. R. Rahim, N. A. Solangi, K. H. Saidur, R.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assessment, Wind energy, Potentiality, Weibull distribution, Malaysia.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 04:04
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2019 07:56
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/6564

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