Wind Resource Assessment of Gujarat (India)

Research output: NRELTechnical Report

Abstract

India is one of the largest wind energy markets in the world. In 1986 Gujarat was the first Indian state to install a wind power project. In February 2013, the installed wind capacity in Gujarat was 3,093 MW. Due to the uncertainty around existing wind energy assessments in India, this analysis uses the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to simulate the wind at current hub heights forone year to provide more precise estimates of wind resources in Gujarat. The WRF model allows for accurate simulations of winds near the surface and at heights important for wind energy purposes. While previous resource assessments published wind power density, we focus on average wind speeds, which can be converted to wind power densities by the user with methods of their choice. The windresource estimates in this study show regions with average annual wind speeds of more than 8 m/s.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages58
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5000-61741

Keywords

  • Gujarat
  • wind resource
  • WRF

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