An Assessment of Wind Energy Resource in North Central Nigeria, Plateau
Science Journal of Energy Engineering
Volume 1, Issue 3, August 2013, Pages: 13-17
Received: Sep. 15, 2013; Published: Nov. 10, 2013
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A. Ahmed, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Nigeria
A. El-Suleiman, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, Nigeria
A. Nasir, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria
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In this paper, the wind data for Plateau North Central Nigeria was collected at 10m height for seven years (2000-2006) at meteorological station Abuja. The assessment for the site is gaining importance for the installation of an appropriate wind turbine at the location. The highest wind speed for this location was found to be 15.4m/s in January and the lowest wind speed is 8.7m/s in August within the period of years considered. The study was carried out using the Weibull parameters scale (c m/s) and shape (k) factors and result obtained for these parameters have an average value of 10.76m/s and 7.47 respectively. These values indicate that the wind would be useful for power generation over a longer period. The power density for this location varies between 368 and 1056W/m2, this also shows that Plateau is a good location for wind power generation.
Wind Speed, Wind Power, Plateau, Weibull Distribution, Shape and Scale Factors
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A. Ahmed, A. El-Suleiman, A. Nasir, An Assessment of Wind Energy Resource in North Central Nigeria, Plateau, Science Journal of Energy Engineering. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2013, pp. 13-17. doi: 10.11648/j.sjee.20130103.11
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