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Wind and Structures
  Volume 20, Number 4, April 2015 , pages 565-578
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12989/was.2015.20.4.565
 


A high-resolution mapping of wind energy potentials for Mauritius using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Asma Z. Dhunny, Michel R. Lollchund and Soonil D.D.V. Rughooputh

 
Abstract
    A wind energy assessment is an integrated analysis of the potential of wind energy resources of a particular area. In this work, the wind energy potentials for Mauritius have been assessed using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model. The approach employed in this work aims to enhance the assessment of wind energy potentials for the siting of large-scale wind farms in the island. Validation of the model is done by comparing simulated wind speed data to experimental ones measured at specific locations over the island. The local wind velocity resulting from the CFD simulations are used to compute the weighted-sum power density including annual directional inflow variations determined by wind roses. The model is used to generate contour maps of velocity and power, for Mauritius at a resolution of 500 m.
 
Key Words
    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD); WindSim; complex terrains; wind power map; Mauritius Island
 
Address
Asma Z. Dhunny, Michel R. Lollchund and Soonil D.D.V. Rughooputh: Department of Physics, University of Mauritius, Reduit., Mauritius
 

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