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Modelling the Effects of Wind Farming on the Local Weather Using Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model

  • B. O. Jawaheer
  • A. Z. Dhunny
  • T. S. M. Cunden
  • N. Chandrasekaran
  • M. R. Lollchund
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 863)

Abstract

Exploitation of wind energy is rapidly growing around the world with large wind farms being set-up for the generation of electricity. It is reported in the literature that while converting the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical energy, the wind turbines may modify the transfer of energy, momentum and moisture within the atmospheric layers in the surroundings of the farms. In this work, an attempt is made to study whether the wind farm situated at Roches Noires (operational since January 2016), in the north-east part of the island of Mauritius, creates such changes within a sufficiently large space around the farm. The Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) numerical model is employed for this endeavour due to the unavailability of measured weather data in regions close to the farm. The WRF model results are first validated with recorded meteorological data from several meteorological stations around the island and then simulations are carried out for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017. Analysis of results for two selected locations (one upstream and one downstream) around the Roches Noires wind farm demonstrates a slight decrease both in wind speed and precipitation, one year after installation of the farm.

Keywords

Wind farm WRF model Local weather Wind speed Precipitation 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the University of Mauritius and the University des Mascareignes for providing facilities for this research. Special thanks are extended to the Tertiary Education Commission for supporting the work of Z. Dhunny in the form of a Postdoctoral fellowship.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. O. Jawaheer
    • 1
  • A. Z. Dhunny
    • 1
  • T. S. M. Cunden
    • 2
  • N. Chandrasekaran
    • 3
  • M. R. Lollchund
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MauritiusReduitMauritius
  2. 2.Department of Electromechanical Engineering and AutomationUniversité des MascareignesRose HillMauritius
  3. 3.Université des MascareignesRose HillMauritius

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