WIND POWER ASSESSMENT OVER BRAZIL IN 2011
Keywords:Energia renovável, potência do vento, mapeamento eólico, simulação.
The increasing demand and electric energy consumption, by both economic and social society, in addition to the worldwide politics for the implementation of generation systems employing renewable sources, has been determinant factors of the expansion of wind farms in different countries. Given that, scarcely the wind measurement data needed are available to consolidate the basic and fundamental requirements, particularly over Brazil, it is proposed, developed and a methodology is applied, for the assessment of wind energy potential over the country for a year. The required data for the mapping and assessment of wind energy potential, during the year 2011 were produced, for every hour, throughout the mesoscale model WRF (Weather Research and Forecasting) forecasting. The general conclusion of the performed analysis has been the characterization of some region of the country, located nearby the shoreline of the Northeast and South of the county, as remarkable locals favorable for the installation of wind farms. However, it has been also pointed out that there are several other areas, scattered over the country, which can be suitable places with great energy potentiality.
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