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M. Mirhosseini, F. Sharifi, A. Sedaghat, Assessing the wind energy potential locations in province of Semnan in Iran, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 15 (2011) 449–459.

Assessing the wind energy potential locations in province of Semnan in Iran
M. Mirhosseini, F. Sharifi, A. Sedaghat *
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Iran
In this study, the 3-h period measured wind speed data for years 2003–2007 at 10 m, 30 m and 40 m
heights for one of the provinces of Iran. Semnan have been statistically analyzed to determine the
potential of wind power generation. This paper presents the wind energy potential at five towns in the
province – Biarjmand, Damghan, Garmsar, Semnan, and Shahrood. Extrapolation of the 10 mdata, using
the Power Law, has been used to determine the wind data at heights of 30 mand 40 m. From the primary
evaluation and determining mean wind speed and also weibull distribution, it is found that Damghan
has better potential for using wind energy in the province. Thus concentrated on Damghan town and its
sites – Moalleman, Haddadeh and also Kahak of Garmsar (only had Meteorological stop) using a 10-min
time step wind speed and wind direction data for three measured heights. Between these sites,
Moalleman is selected for a more accurate and spacious analysis. The objective is to evaluate the most
important characteristic of wind energy in the studied site. The statistical attitudes permit us to estimate
the mean wind speed, the wind speed distribution function, themean wind power density and the wind
rose in the site at the height of 10 m, 30 m and 40 m. Some local phenomena are also considered in the
characterization of the site.
Article history:
Received 21 August 2010
Accepted 9 September 2010
Wind energy
Weibull distribution
Power density
Wind turbine


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