MESAEP-18th International Symposium on Environmental Pollution and Its Impact on Life in the Mediterranean Region, Athens, Greece, 26 - 30 September 2015, pp.262
With the developing technology and increasing energy demand, the trends towards renewable energy sources is increasing rapidly throughout the world. Wind energy is that the most preferred source of renewable energy comes in first place in this context, and there is a lot of applications. Determination of wind energy potential subject is one of the most sensitive issues studied in this sense. In this study, long term wind data (1981-2015) of Izmir region were analyzed using with linear (WasP) and non-linear (WindSim) models. Non linear models which analyze topography more precisely, were used, and high performance results has provided. WindSim is Computational Fluid Dynamics based software. This software, because of the infrastructure, especially in areas with rough terrain such as Turkey, which allow the calculation of more accurate and realistic behavior of the wind. According to preliminary results obtained, WindSim (Non-linear Model, CFD based) shows high performance more than WasP (Linear Model).