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Dalila Khalfa1, Abdelouaheb Benretem1, Lazher Herous2 and Issam Meghlaoui3
  • 1 Badji Mokhtar-Annaba University, Algeria
  • 2 8 May 1945 University, Algeria
  • 3 8 May 1945 University, Albania
American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 11 No. 4, 2014, 570-583


Submitted On: 13 December 2013 Published On: 1 February 2014

How to Cite: Khalfa, D., Benretem, A., Herous, L. & Meghlaoui, I. (2014). EVALUATION OF THE ADEQUACY OF THE WIND SPEED EXTRAPOLATION LAWS FOR TWO DIFFERENT ROUGHNESS METEOROLOGICAL SITES. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 11(4), 570-583.


Increasing knowledge on wind shear models to strengthen their reliability appears as a crucial issue, markedly for energy investors to accurately predict the average wind speed at different turbine hub heights and thus the expected wind energy output. This is particularly helpful during the feasibility study to abate the costs of a wind power project. The extrapolation laws were found to provide the finest representation of the wind speed according to heights, thus avoiding installation of tall towers, or even more expensive devices such as LIDAR or SODAR. The proposed models are based on theories that determine the vertical wind profile from implicit relationships. However, these empirical extrapolation formulas have been developed for specific meteorological conditions and appropriate sites for wind turbines; reason that several studies have been made by various authors to determine the best suited formula to their own conditions. This study is aimed at proceeding the research issue addressed within a previous study, where some extrapolation models were tested and compared by extrapolating the energy resources at different heights. However, comparable results are returned by the power law and the log law which indeed proved to be preferable. In this context, this study deals the assessment of several wind speed extrapolation laws (six laws), by comparing the analytical results obtained with real data for two different meteorological Sites, different roughness, different altitudes and different measurement periods. The first site studied is an extremely rough site with daily measurements of March 2007, wind speed measurements are available at four different heights of Gantour/Gao site, obtained by the water, energy and environment company Senegal. The second site studied is a feeble rough site with monthly measurements for 2005, wind speed measurements are available at three different heights of Kuujjuarapik Site obtained by Hydro-Quebec Energy Helimax Canada. The study aims to determine the effectiveness and concordance between the extrapolation laws and the real measured data. The results show that the adjusted law is efficiently adequate for an extremely rough site and the modified laws with two other laws are efficiently adequate for a feeble rough site. The experimental results and numerical calculations exploited for the evaluation of the Weibull parameters fall the shape factors k greater than 9. The increase in altitude often causes an increase in the Weibull parameters values, however, our results show that the shape factor k can take lower values to those established in the reference altitude.

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  • Wind Speed
  • Extrapolation Laws
  • Weibull Parameters
  • Meteorological Sites
  • Measure of Dispersion
  • Roughness