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Wind Power Generation in Jordan: Current Situation and Future Plans

  • Ali Hamzeh
  • Mahmoud Awad
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Part of the Innovative Renewable Energy book series (INREE)

Abstract

Jordan has significant wind energy resources that could be potentially exploited for power generation where the annual average wind speed exceeds 7 m/s (at 10 m height) in some areas of the country. The regions with the greatest potential are located in the North and South of the country. A wind atlas has been available for Jordan since 1989. According to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, this wind atlas is in the process of being updated with results taken from recent measurements. The Jordanian government is hoping to generate about 1000 MW from wind projects by 2020. As of 2018, six operational wind farms with a total capacity of 369.5 MW have been built and connected to the grid in Jordan. Moreover, there are three wind farms under construction with a total capacity of 148 MW. The average cost of installed wind farms is around 2.2 million USD/MW and the annual average produced electrical energy is about 2.3 GWh/MW where the average capacity factor is about 0.27.

Keywords

Energy profile Wind resources Wind power generation Wind farms Jordan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Hamzeh
    • 1
  • Mahmoud Awad
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering, Electrical Engineering DepartmentAl-Ahliyya Amman UniversityAmmanJordan

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