Wind power energy potential at the northeastern region of Saudi Arabia

Sahin A. Z., Aksakal A.

RENEWABLE ENERGY, vol.14, no.1-4, pp.435-440, 1998 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 1-4
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0960-1481(98)00100-1
  • Journal Name: RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.435-440
  • Keywords: wind energy, Weibull model, wind energy systems
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In the present study the energy potential of wind for the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia is investigated. A suitable Weibull distribution is generated based on the data obtained for a duration of one complete year at a costal location in northeastern Saudi Arabia. Comparison of this model is made with the Rayleigh distribution of wind power densities. Two horizontal-axis type of wind energy conversion systems which operate at fixed rpm are considered and a model of quadratic power output function is used. It is found that the error in using the Rayleigh approximation will be less than 10% of the full rated power density level. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.