Wind Energy in NW Greece
In this paper the wind energy in northwestern Greece is studied at 80 m above ground level. The MM5 meteorological model is used to obtain the necessary wind data to estimate the wind energy potential. This model is used operationally by the Laboratory of Meteorology of Ioannina University for daily weather forecast. The model runs in 3 domains (Europe–Greece–Epirus) with the one-way nesting technique. The third domain contains 12,544 (112 × 112) grid points with a spatial resolution of 2 × 2 km. By using a statistical analysis for 1 year wind data, the mean annual power density map and the resultant wind direction map at 80 m above ground level is calculated for NW Greece. The mean annual power density is calculated from the average 2-h wind data of MM5 from the 1st of June 2007 until the 31st of May 2008. The highest values of wind energy are found in the mountainous areas. The maximum estimated value is 815 W/m2.
KeywordsWind Turbine Wind Energy Wind Data Wind Resource Wind Energy Potential
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