Micro-wind turbine are now specially designed for rural or urban environment and one of the main advantages of such turbine is that it can be propelled by a wind speed as low as 3 m/s. However, due to terrain roughness in urban environments wind flow is reduced compared to open spaces reducing power output and increasing payback time on capital investment. Well mounting turbines in urban areas may provide the perfect opportunity for onsite generation from wind power. In this paper, we investigate the performance of a micro-wind turbine in a complex urban area and show that due to long time period and very subtile onsite measurements the ideal position for the wind turbine can be determined. Well measured data, wind speed, power output at this particular location are approximated by the Weibull function. The considered model is tested and validated at an urban landscape location in Metz City, France, where an anemometry is positioned at adjacent to the turbine and the instrumentation is positioned specific to its surrounding location and, record wind turbine data thanks to real time wireless communications. Technical data including wind speed and output power were analyzed and reported allowing to provide an reliable estimation of the wind energy potential in an urban location.
- Wind energy;
- Weilbull distribution function;
- Wind speed;
- Rural and urban wind powers
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