Determination of Wind Potential in some Regions of Algeria

Document Type: Research Note


1 Unit of Research on Materials and Renewable Energies, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Abou Bekr Belkaid University, P.O. Box 119, 13000, Tlemcen, Algeria

2 Department of Technology, University Centre of Naama - Salhi Ahmed, P.O. Box 66, Naama 45000, Algeria


This paper aims to determine the wind potential in two regions of Algeria according to months, seasons, and entire years. An attempt is made to participate to the update of the wind map in this country, by using the collected hourly data during a period of more than thirty years. The Weibull function is employed to perform the wind data analysis. Two regions are considered: Ilizi and Oran, which are located in the southeast and northwest of Algeria, respectively. The values of the Weibull parameters, average power density, and mean velocity are employed to achieve the statistical analysis. At the height of 10 m from the ground, the obtained results revealed that the highest annual average rate of 6.5 m/s occurred at the city of 'Illizi'. It was also found that the city of 'Es-senia' has a middle potential of wind with an annual mean velocity of 3.5m/s. Furthermore, it was observed that the spring season is the most windy season for both regions.


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