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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 323620, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/323620
Research Article

The Wind Energy Potential of Kurdistan, Iran

1Department of Power Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Islamic Azad University, Kurdistan Science and Research Branch, Sanandaj 6614996164, Iran
2Electrical Engineering Department, Kurdistan University, Pasdaran Avenue, Sanandaj, Iran
3Engineering Faculty, Razi University, Abrisham Avenue, Kermanshah, Iran

Received 16 April 2014; Revised 29 June 2014; Accepted 3 July 2014; Published 27 October 2014

Academic Editor: Isidro A. Pérez

Copyright © 2014 Farzad Arefi 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

In the current work by using statistical methods and available software, the wind energy assessment of prone regions for installation of wind turbines in, Qorveh, has been investigated. Information was obtained from weather stations of Baneh, Bijar, Zarina, Saqez, Sanandaj, Qorveh, and Marivan. The monthly average and maximum of wind speed were investigated between the years 2000–2010 and the related curves were drawn. The Golobad curve (direction and percentage of dominant wind and calm wind as monthly rate) between the years 1997–2000 was analyzed and drawn with plot software. The ten-minute speed (at 10, 30, and 60 m height) and direction (at 37.5 and 10 m height) wind data were collected from weather stations of Iranian new energy organization. The wind speed distribution during one year was evaluated by using Weibull probability density function (two-parametrical), and the Weibull curve histograms were drawn by MATLAB software. According to the average wind speed of stations and technical specifications of the types of turbines, the suitable wind turbine for the station was selected. Finally, the Divandareh and Qorveh sites with favorable potential were considered for installation of wind turbines and construction of wind farms.