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Conference Papers in Energy
Volume 2013, Article ID 750958, 6 pages
Conference Paper

Effect of Wind Turbine Classes on the Electricity Production of Wind Farms in Cyprus Island

1Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, 73133 Chania, Crete, Greece
2Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, University Campus, Kounoupidiana, 73100 Chania, Crete, Greece
3Ergo Home Energy Ltd., 1647 Nicosia, Cyprus

Received 31 December 2012; Accepted 14 March 2013

Academic Editors: Y. Al-Assaf, P. Demokritou, A. Poullikkas, and C. Sourkounis

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Christodoulos Pharconides at “Power Options for the Eastern Mediterranean Region” held from 19 November 2012 to 21 November 2012 in Limassol, Cyprus.

Copyright © 2013 Yiannis A. Katsigiannis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper examines the effect of different wind turbine classes on the electricity production of wind farms in two areas of Cyprus Island, which present low and medium wind potentials: Xylofagou and Limassol. Wind turbine classes determine the suitability of installing a wind turbine in a particulate site. Wind turbine data from five different manufacturers have been used. For each manufacturer, two wind turbines with identical rated power (in the range of 1.5 MW–3 MW) and different wind turbine classes (IEC II and IEC III) are compared. The results show the superiority of wind turbines that are designed for lower wind speeds (IEC III class) in both locations, in terms of energy production. This improvement is higher for the location with the lower wind potential and starts from 7%, while it can reach more than 50%.