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ISRN Renewable Energy
Volume 2012, Article ID 847356, 16 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/847356
Research Article

Evaluation of the Wind Power in the State of Paraíba Using the Mesoscale Atmospheric Model Brazilian Developments on the Regional Atmospheric Modelling System

1Departamento de Ciências Atmosféricas (DCA), Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), 882 Aprígio Veloso Avenue, Bodocongó, Campina Grande, PB, Brazil
2Departamento de Física (DF), Universidade Estadual do Ceará (UECE), 1700 Paranjana Avenue, Itaperi, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil

Received 2 April 2012; Accepted 9 July 2012

Academic Editors: C. J. Koroneos and S. Senthilarasu

Copyright © 2012 Francisco José Lopes de Lima 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.

Abstract

This work aims to describe the wind power density in five sites in the State of Paraiba, as well as to access the ability of the mesoscale atmospheric model Brazilian developments on the regional atmospheric modeling system (BRAMS) in describing the intensity of wind in São Gonçalo Monteiro, Patos, Campina Grande, and João Pessoa. Observational data are wind speed and direction at 10 m high, provided by the National Institute of Meteorology (INMET). We used the numerical model BRAMS in simulations for two different months. We ran the model for rainy months: March and April. It was concluded that the BRAMS model is able to satisfactorily reproduce the monthly cycle of the wind regime considered, as well as the main direction. However the model tends to underestimate the wind speed.