In the present paper a statistical study of the available wind data for Greece is carried out to assess its wind energy potential. It is essential to establish the available wind energy for any given region in order to assess the relative potential at different sites. The applicability of the Weibull distribution is examined and tables and plots of Weibull parameters are given. The analysis showed that in the interior lowland parts of Greece, low available annual wind power densities exist (less than 20 w·m−2). In the eastern parts, along the coasts, especially on the Aegean Sea islands, the annual average wind energy flux is found to be rather high (more than 600 w·m−2 may be gained) which makes these islands possible locations for wind power utilization. On the other hand, the annual wind energy on the western parts along the coast and on the lonian Sea islands, a wind power of over 200 w·m−2 may be extracted.
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Katsoulis, B.D. A survey on the assessment of wind energy potential in Greece. Theor Appl Climatol 47, 51–63 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00868895
- Power Density
- Energy Flux
- Weibull Distribution
- Wind Power
- Wind Energy