Wind Atlas of Bay of Bengal with Satellite Wind Measurement

Navila Rahman Nadi, Ferhat Bingöl (Supervisor), Merete Badger (Supervisor)

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The objective of this study is to obtain appropriate offshore location in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh for further development of wind energy. Through analyzing the previous published works, no offshore wind energy estimation has been found here. That is why, this study can be claimed as the first footstep towards offshore wind energy analysis for this region.
Generally, it is difficult to find offshore wind data relative to the wind turbine hub heights, therefore a starting point is necessary to identify the possible wind power density of the region. In such scenario, Synthetic aperture radars (SAR) have proven useful. In this study, SAR based dataset- ENVISAT ASAR has been used for Wind Atlas generation. Furthermore, a comparative study has been performed with Global Wind Atlas (GWA) to determine a potential offshore wind farm. Additionally, the annual energy production of that offshore windfarm has been analyzed by combining SAR, GWA and ASCAT datasets.
Through ASAR based Wind Atlas and GWA comparison, some differences has been found as less sampled ASAR datasets were achieved for some nodes. Thus, Weibull statistical analysis are performed to have a better Weibull fitting and accurate estimation of Annual Energy production (AEP). The study summarizes that, satellite datasets can be a very useful method to detect potential zone if compared with any long time statistical result and bathymetry data together. In this study, all three datasets comprises similar AEP at the coastal area which indicates beneficiary pace for future wind energy sector of Bangladesh.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIzmir Institute of Technology
Number of pages108
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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