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Feasibility Study to Install Wind Farm in Bab Al-Hawa, Irbid, Northwest of Jordan

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Abstract: The utilization of wind energy for power generation purposes is becomingincreasingly attractive and gaining a great share in the electrical powerproduction market worldwide. This research wasconsidered a feasibility study of wind energy farm in Bab Al-Hawa, Irbid. Theaverage wind speed in the site is (6.5 m s). Data have been collected, whichincludes the average monthly wind speed for 10 years, but by HOMER software tocreate the hourly wind speed of a representative year is createdin order to build Weibull distribution and to calculate the energy generatedoutput of the project. This project contains the construction of 33 windturbines in 3.11 km square. Each turbine has a capacity of 900 kW rated powerand the total rated capacity is 29.7 MW. The capacity factor was found equal to37.1 which means the amount of utilization of the turbine capacity. Theresults show that the turbines work 87,286 h yr, and the total energy generatedis 96.548559 GWh yr. from the 33 wind turbines installed. The initial cost of this project is equal to 80.5243 M$ and thePayback period is 7 years. We have taken into account the environmental impact such as CO2 emissions into consideration. CO2 reductions by using wind energyinstead of coal-fired plant are equalto 67124.4 tons, and the CO2 emissions reduction using wind powerinstead of fuel oil power plant is 5343.4 tons. This research shows that windfarm at Bab Al-Hawa with a capacity of 29.7 MW, 33 wind turbines, 900kW each has been feasible with a cost of energy 4 cents kWh.

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