Assessment of wind energy potential for small scale water pumping systems in the north region of Cameroon
Based on the wind data recorded over a six year period (2007 to 2012) as observed in the main meteorological station of the Garoua International airport, an assessment of the wind potential has been performed by means of the Weibull Probability Density Function (PDF) with two parameters. The maximum likelihood estimation method (MLE) was used to estimate the dimensionless Weibull shape parameter k, and the Weibull scale parameter C. The maximum wind power density extracted by the blades as well as the useful average hydraulic power output and the daily water production of the hypothetic windmill were determined in order to forecast applications in the north region of Cameroon such as providing domestic water, watering farm animals and small scale irrigation.
Keywords: Hydraulic Power Output, Power Density, Weibull Distribution, Weibull Parameters, Wind Speed.
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