Techno-Economic Assessment of Wind Turbines in Nigeria

Ignatius Kema Okakwu, Olakunle Elijah Olabode, Akintunde Samson Alayande, Tobiloba Emmanuel Somefun, Titus Oluwasuji Ajewole

Abstract


Wind energy potentials of some selected high altitude and coastal areas in Nigeria are assessed for possible utilization for the generation of electricity. The main aim is to provide pragmatic insight that will enhance the investment in wind energy conversion systems in an optimal manner. The data used in this present study were obtained from the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, which includes average wind speeds per day of four locations across the country, measured at the anemometer height of 10 metres over a period of 11 years. With the sites classified based on their wind power densities, the capacity factor estimation value was used to select the most suitable turbine for the selected sites, and the present value cost method was employed to estimate the unit cost of energy of the turbine at various hub-heights. The results obtained from this study reveal that Jos, Kano and Ikeja are economically viable as well as having excellent wind resources integration into the grid, while P/H is viable for a standalone application. The outcome of the study provides useful information that will aid renewable energy policymakers in Nigeria for wind energy development.

Keywords: Capacity factor estimation, Wind turbine, Electricity generation, Techno-economy

JEL Classification: C63

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32479/ijeep.10030


Full Text:

PDF

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.