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Assessment of electricity generation and energy cost of wind energy conversion systems in north-central Nigeria

Oyedepo, Sunday Olayinka and Adaramola, Muyiwa S and Paul, Sunday Samuel (2011) Assessment of electricity generation and energy cost of wind energy conversion systems in north-central Nigeria. Energy Conversion and Management, 52. pp. 3363-3368.

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Abstract

In this study, the wind energy potential and economic analysis in selected six locations in north central part of Nigeria were investigated using wind speed data that span between 19 and 37 years measured at 10 m height. The performance of small to medium size commercial wind turbine models were examined and economic evaluation of the wind energy in the selected sites was made by using the levelised cost method. The results showed that the cost of energy production per kWh for the selected sites vary between ¢4.02 and ¢166.79. It was shown that Minna is most viable site while Bida is found to be least among the sites considered. Using three selected wind turbine models (in Minna) as case study, an increase in the escalation rate of operating and maintenance cost from 0% to 10%, lead to an increase in the unit energy cost by about 7%. It was further shown that by increasing the escalation rate of inflation from 0% to 5%, the cost of energy decreases by about 29% while the discount rate (return on investment) decreases from 11.54% to 6.23%.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Sunday O Oyedepo
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 10:25
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 10:25
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/7062

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