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Analysis of Cost Estimation and Wind Energy Evaluation Using Wind Energy Conversion Systems(WECS)for Electricity Generation in Six Selected High Altitude Locations in Nigeria

Ohunakin, O.S. and Ojolo, S.J and Ogunsina, B.S and Dinrifo, R.R. (2012) Analysis of Cost Estimation and Wind Energy Evaluation Using Wind Energy Conversion Systems(WECS)for Electricity Generation in Six Selected High Altitude Locations in Nigeria. Energy Policy , 48. pp. 594-600.

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Abstract

Two commercial wind turbines namely AN Bonus 300 kW/33 and AN Bonus 1 MW/54 were technically assessed for electricity generation in six selected high altitude sites spreading across the North-West and North-East geopolitical regions of Nigeria by computing their capacity factors, annual power and energy outputs. The economic evaluation of using the two wind energy conversion systems (medium and large) for electric power generation in the selected locations were also estimated using the present value cost method. The results showed that capacity factors of the two turbines in the selected sites ranged between 4.6 and 43%. Average minimum cost per kW h was obtained in Kano as $0.0222/kW h with AN Bonus 1 MW while the highest average cost is $0.2074/kW h with AN Bonus 300 kW in Kaduna. The highest cost in each of the location was obtained with the medium WECs (AN Bonus 300 kW). In addition, Kano and Katsina were also found to be very economical for any of the adopted wind turbine models. Gusau and Kaduna, at cost of unit energy of about $0.30/kW h were found to be more profitable for non-connected electrical and mechanical applications (water pumping, battery charging) than diesel generator.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wind Energy Conversion system,Cost Estimation,Nigeria
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 12:42
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 13:42
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/2647

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