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Investigation on offshore wind energy potential in Benin Republic
Aza-Gnandji, M.R.; Fifatin, F.-X.; Dubas, F.; Nounangnonhou, T.C.; Espanet, C.; Vianou, A. (2021). Investigation on offshore wind energy potential in Benin Republic. Wind Engineering 45(1): 63-73. https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309524x19872768
In: Wind Engineering. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD: London. ISSN 0309-524X, more
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Keyword
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    Offshore wind energy, exclusive economic zone, Weibull law, bathymetric data

Authors  Top 
  • Aza-Gnandji, M.R.
  • Fifatin, F.-X.
  • Dubas, F.
  • Nounangnonhou, T.C.
  • Espanet, C.
  • Vianou, A.

Abstract
    This article presents a study on offshore wind energy viability in Benin Republic. Weibull law has been used to model the spatial distribution of daily wind speed data in Benin Republic’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The spatial distribution of wind energy potential in Benin’s exclusive economic zone has been obtained at several heights by extrapolating Weibull parameters. Wind resource has then been categorized using National Renewable Energy Laboratory standards. Bathymetric data in the exclusive economic zone are used to determine areas showing good compromise between exploitable wind potential and turbine’s foundation. We have shown that Benin’s offshore resources can reach Class 7 at 100 m height, Class 6, respectively, at 100 and 80 m heights and finally Class 5 at 50 m height. We have also shown that locations close to the shore are the most suitable to offshore wind power generation in Benin’s exclusive economic zone.

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