Wind characteristics of Oman

M. Yusof Sulaiman, Ahmed Mohammed Akaak, Mahdi Abd Wahab, Azmi Zakaria, Z. Abidin Sulaiman, Jamil Suradi

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Wind data from four stations inOman are analyzed. The sites are located at latitudes from 17°N to 23°N and longitudes from 54°E to 59°E with nearly equal elevation (18 m) from sea level. Data are fitted to the Weibull distribution function. Weibull parameters are derived from the empirical cumulative function and used to calculate the mean wind speed and variance of the theoretical distribution. The goodness of representing the observed distribution with the Weibull distribution is determined using the Kolmogorov- Smirnov (K-S) test. At the 1% and 5% levels of confidence the observed data are well represented by the Weibull distribution. The annual mean values of the wind speed of the observed and theoretical distributions are 2.57 m s-1 and 2.53 m s-1 for Seeb, 2.85 m s-1 and 2.68 m s-1 for Salalah, 5.06 m s-1 and 5.03 m s-1 for Masirah and 5.52 m s-1 and 5.40 m s-1 for Sur respectively. In general wind speed is higher during the summer months, notably June, July and August, and is lower during the winter months of October and November. The monthly mean wind power density varies from 9.71 W m-2 for Seeb in the month of November to 520.85 W m-2 for Sur in the month of August. Both Sur and Masirah have good wind energy potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalEnergy
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Sulaiman, M. Y., Akaak, A. M., Wahab, M. A., Zakaria, A., Sulaiman, Z. A., & Suradi, J. (2002). Wind characteristics of Oman. Energy, 27(1), 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0360-5442(01)00055-X

Wind characteristics of Oman. / Sulaiman, M. Yusof; Akaak, Ahmed Mohammed; Wahab, Mahdi Abd; Zakaria, Azmi; Sulaiman, Z. Abidin; Suradi, Jamil.

In: Energy, Vol. 27, No. 1, 01.2002, p. 35-46.

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Sulaiman, MY, Akaak, AM, Wahab, MA, Zakaria, A, Sulaiman, ZA & Suradi, J 2002, 'Wind characteristics of Oman', Energy, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0360-5442(01)00055-X
Sulaiman MY, Akaak AM, Wahab MA, Zakaria A, Sulaiman ZA, Suradi J. Wind characteristics of Oman. Energy. 2002 Jan;27(1):35-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0360-5442(01)00055-X
Sulaiman, M. Yusof ; Akaak, Ahmed Mohammed ; Wahab, Mahdi Abd ; Zakaria, Azmi ; Sulaiman, Z. Abidin ; Suradi, Jamil. / Wind characteristics of Oman. In: Energy. 2002 ; Vol. 27, No. 1. pp. 35-46.
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