Offshore wind energy resource assessment across the territory of Oman: A spatial-temporal data analysis

Amer Al-Hinai*, Yassine Charabi, Seyed H. Aghay Kaboli

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Despite the long shoreline of Oman, the wind energy industry is still confined to onshore due to the lack of knowledge about offshore wind potential. A spatial-temporal wind data analysis is performed in this research to find the locations in Oman’s territorial seas with the highest potential for offshore wind energy. Thus, wind data are statistically analyzed for assessing wind characteristics. Statistical analysis of wind data include the wind power density, and Weibull scale and shape factors. In addition, there is an estimation of the possible energy production and capacity factor by three commercial offshore wind turbines suitable for 80 up to a 110 m hub height. The findings show that offshore wind turbines can produce at least 1.34 times more energy than land-based and nearshore wind turbines. Additionally, offshore wind turbines generate more power in the Omani peak electricity demand during the summer. Thus, offshore wind turbines have great advantages over land-based wind turbines in Oman. Overall, this work provides guidance on the deployment and production of offshore wind energy in Oman. A thorough study using bankable wind data along with various logistical considerations would still be required to turn offshore wind potential into real wind farms in Oman.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2862
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Data analysis
  • Offshore wind energy
  • Sultanate of Oman
  • Wind assessment
  • Wind turbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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