Proposed 2MW Wind Turbine for Use in the Governorate of Dhofar at the Sultanate of Oman
Science Journal of Energy Engineering
Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages: 20-28
Received: Sep. 9, 2019; Accepted: Sep. 18, 2019; Published: Oct. 2, 2019
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Osama Ahmed Marzouk, College of Engineering, University of Buraimi, Al Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman
Omar Rashid Hamdan Al Badi, College of Engineering, University of Buraimi, Al Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman
Maadh Hamed Salman Al Rashdi, College of Engineering, University of Buraimi, Al Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman
Hamed Mohammed Eid Al Balushi, College of Engineering, University of Buraimi, Al Buraimi, Sultanate of Oman
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In this work, we propose a preliminary design of a horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT) as a candidate for the Dhofar Wind Farm project, in the southern Omani Governorate “Dhofar”, at the southwest part of the Sultanate of Oman. This wind farm (under construction) is considered to be the first commercial, utility-scale (50MW) wind farm in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) area. The proposed wind turbine has an expected electricity generation of 2MW. We studied the wind atlas of Oman and from which we determined the maximum possible mean wind speed in the entire Sultanate and built our design based on that reference value, which is 6m/s (21.6km/h). After this, we applied a set of modeling equations that estimate the power output from the wind turbine rotor and matched the target electric power to the design variables using a MATLAB computer code. We reached a suitable design and we present here the distribution of the blade angle (twist angle), and the power per unit span along the rotor blade. The rotor design has 3 blades with a diameter of 70m and a rotational speed of 24rpm. This rotor gives 2.37MW of output power, which exceeds the target 2MW output, allowing for about 15% of power losses in the gearbox and generator. We utilized some commercial designs of wind turbines from different international manufacturers as references for typical limits or recommended values of some design parameters.
Wind Turbine, HAWT, Wind Farm, Renewable Energy, Oman, Dhofar
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Osama Ahmed Marzouk, Omar Rashid Hamdan Al Badi, Maadh Hamed Salman Al Rashdi, Hamed Mohammed Eid Al Balushi, Proposed 2MW Wind Turbine for Use in the Governorate of Dhofar at the Sultanate of Oman, Science Journal of Energy Engineering. Vol. 7, No. 2, 2019, pp. 20-28. doi: 10.11648/j.sjee.20190702.11
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