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Assessment of Annual Wind Energy Potential at Three Sites in Iraq for Wind Energy Applications

International Journal of Computer Applications
Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Year of Publication: 2017
Ali M. Rasham,

Ali Rasham M and. Assessment of Annual Wind Energy Potential at Three Sites in Iraq for Wind Energy Applications. International Journal of Computer Applications 168(5):35-43, June 2017. BibTeX

	author = {Ali M. Rasham and},
	title = {Assessment of Annual Wind Energy Potential at Three Sites in Iraq for Wind Energy Applications},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	issue_date = {June 2017},
	volume = {168},
	number = {5},
	month = {Jun},
	year = {2017},
	issn = {0975-8887},
	pages = {35-43},
	numpages = {9},
	url = {},
	doi = {10.5120/ijca2017914417},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}


Assessment of annual wind energy potential for three selected sites in Iraq has been analyzed in the present work. The wind velocities data from August 2014 to July 2015 were collected from the website of Weather Underground Organization (WUO) at stations elevation (35m, 32m, and 17m) for Baghdad, Najaf, and Kut Al-Hai respectively. Extrapolation of stations elevation and wind velocities was used to estimate wind velocities at (60m, 90m, and 120m). The objectives are to analyze the wind speed data and assess the wind energy potential for wind energy applications. Computer code for MATLAB software has been developed to solve the mathematical model. The results are presented as a monthly and annual average for wind velocities, standard deviation, shape factor, scale factor, probability density function, cumulative distribution function, measured and Weibull estimated of wind power density, wind energy density, determination factor, and root mean square error. A comparison is made with the previous studies to select wind class of selected sites in the present work. At selected stations, the wind energy potential was the best for Najaf, Kut Al-Hai, and Baghdad respectively. According to the international wind classification, the selected sites has fair class at stations elevation. Kut Al-Hai has fairly good class at selected heights. While Najaf have fairly good at (90m, and 120m) whereas Baghdad has a fairly good class just at (120 m).


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