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dc.contributor.authorYip, Chak Man Andrew
dc.contributor.authorGunturu, Udaya
dc.contributor.authorStenchikov, Georgiy L.
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-23T14:09:08Z
dc.date.available2016-02-23T14:09:08Z
dc.date.issued2015-12-28
dc.identifier.citationWind resource characterization in the Arabian Peninsula 2016, 164:826 Applied Energy
dc.identifier.issn03062619
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.11.074
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/596964
dc.description.abstractWind energy is expected to contribute to alleviating the rise in energy demand in the Middle East that is driven by population growth and industrial development. However, variability and intermittency in the wind resource present significant challenges to grid integration of wind energy systems. These issues are rarely addressed in the literature of wind resource assessment in the Middle East due to sparse meteorological observations with varying record lengths. In this study, the wind field with consistent space–time resolution for over three decades at three hub heights (50m, 80m, 140m) over the whole Arabian Peninsula is constructed using the Modern Era Retrospective-Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) dataset. The wind resource is assessed at a higher spatial resolution with metrics of temporal variations in the wind than in prior studies. Previously unrecognized locations of interest with high wind abundance and low variability and intermittency have been identified in this study and confirmed by recent on-site observations. In particular, the western mountains of Saudi Arabia experience more abundant wind resource than most Red Sea coastal areas. The wind resource is more variable in coastal areas along the Arabian Gulf than their Red Sea counterparts at a similar latitude. Persistent wind is found along the coast of the Arabian Gulf.
dc.description.sponsorshipResearch reported in this publication was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) under Grant No. RGC/3/1815-01. For computer time, this research used the resources of the Supercomputing Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. MERRA data used in this study have been provided by the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center through the NASA GES DISC online archive. We thank the two anonymous reviewers for their careful reading of our manuscript and their many insightful comments and suggestions.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S030626191501524X
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Applied Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Applied Energy, 28 December 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.11.074
dc.subjectWind energy
dc.subjectVariability
dc.subjectIntermittency
dc.subjectMiddle East
dc.subjectResource assessment
dc.subjectReanalysis
dc.titleWind resource characterization in the Arabian Peninsula
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentApplied Mathematics and Computational Science Program
dc.contributor.departmentEarth Science and Engineering Program
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
dc.identifier.journalApplied Energy
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
dc.contributor.affiliationKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
kaust.personYip, Chak Man Andrew
kaust.personGunturu, Udaya
kaust.personStenchikov, Georgiy L.
refterms.dateFOA2017-12-28T00:00:00Z
kaust.acknowledged.supportUnitSupercomputing Laboratory
dc.date.published-online2015-12-28
dc.date.published-print2016-02


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