Technical Review of Wind Resource Characteristics in Ghana

  • Emmanuel Osei Yeboah Kumasi Technical University

Abstract

In this paper, historical wind speed data for forty-three (43) different locations in Ghana, measured by the Energy Commission, have been analysed using the Wind Profile Power Law. The wind data for the various locations were extrapolated to 80 metres above ground level to reflect the general wind speed conditions at the height where typical commercial wind turbines operate. Based on the wind speed threshold of 5.5 m/s for financial viability, ten (10) locations out of the forty three (43) were found to have good potential for wind power development. These locations were Mankoadze, Pute, Lolonya, Adafoah, Aplaku, Anloga, Tema, Kpone, Atiteti / Dzita, and Sege / Ningo. These locations had extrapolated annual average wind speeds of 8.4 m/s, 7.2 m/s, 7.1 m/s, 6.9 m/s, 6.8 m/s, 6.6/6.2 m/s, 6.6 m/s, 6.4 m/s, 6.23, and 5.69 m/s, respectively, which were all greater than the threshold of 5.5 m/s. With regards to future activities in relation to wind power development, it is recommended that these locations be prioritized.

Published
May 10, 2017
How to Cite
YEBOAH, Emmanuel Osei. Technical Review of Wind Resource Characteristics in Ghana. International Conference on Applied Science and Technology Conference Proceedings, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 1 - 10, may 2017. ISSN 2467-902X. Available at: <https://conference.kstu.edu.gh/index.php/proceedings/article/view/37>. Date accessed: 22 aug. 2019.