Observations of the Wind Resource Across the Dublin Urban Area

Conference: UPEC 2011 - 46th International Universities' Power Engineering Conference
09/05/2011 - 09/08/2011 at Soest, Germany

Proceedings: UPEC 2011

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Sunderland, Keith; Conlon, Michael F. (Dublin Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering Systems, Ireland)
Mills, Gerald (University College Dublin, School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Policy, Ireland)
Feely, Rowan (National University of Ireland, Department of Geography, Ireland)

This paper presents an investigation of wind observations made at three (of a network of ten) stations in Dublin. Two of the stations are located over different parts of the urbanized landscape and one is located at Dublin Airport, which exemplifies a typical meteorological station. The purpose of the analysis is to evaluate the nature of the wind resource in the urban area. The potential output of a range of commercially available micro wind turbines at one of the stations is considered. At this location, an anemometer is mounted in a similar manner to international examples of building mounted domestic installations of micro wind turbines. Finally, the paper investigates the relevancy of the Weibull and Rayleigh probability density functions as a means to represent urban wind power density for this network.