Journal of Marine Science and Application

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 114–121 | Cite as

Satellite-Based Offshore Wind Energy Resource Mapping in Malaysia

  • Abdul Alif Ahmad Zaman
  • Farah Ellyza HashimEmail author
  • Omar Yaakob
Research Article


Development and application of offshore wind turbine farms have been increasing, particularly in the developed countries, because of their high power rating, high yield energy, high offshore wind, and unlimited space in the offshore. However, the poor data and simplistic methodologies of the previous assessments result in insufficient estimates of the wind energy potential. Thus, this study provides an assessment of the offshore wind energy resources in Malaysia using multi-mission satellite altimetry data. The satellite altimetry data was extracted from Radar Altimeter Database Systems located at GNSS and Geodynamics Laboratory, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. The data were validated by buoy measurements from two offshore sites, as indicated by the high correlation coefficient of 0.88. Further, the offshore wind energy resource mapping data in Malaysia identified three areas in Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo as potential areas for offshore wind energy development.


Wind energy Offshore wind Renewable energy Assessment Satellite altimetry Malaysia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdul Alif Ahmad Zaman
    • 1
  • Farah Ellyza Hashim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Omar Yaakob
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaJohor BahruMalaysia
  2. 2.Marine Technology CenterUniversiti Teknologi MalaysiaJohor BahruMalaysia

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