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Wind power in Fiji: a preliminary analysis of the Butoni wind farm

Kumar, Ajal and Weir, Anthony D. (2008) Wind power in Fiji: a preliminary analysis of the Butoni wind farm. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    The Fiji Islands sit in the trade winds of the Pacific Ocean. These provide a reliable, pleasant but relatively low-speed sea breeze; in most locations, too little wind to justify installing a wind turbine. At the other extreme, Fiji experiences an average of one tropical cyclone (typhoon) every southern summer: too much wind for many designs of wind turbine. In a few favourable locations, the mean wind speed is high enough to justify a wind power system, provided it is of cyclone-proof design. This is illustrated by a preliminary analysis of the first year of operation of the ‘10 MW’ Butoni wind farm, commissioned in August 2007, the design of which was strongly influenced by the above considerations. Butoni was commissioned in November 2007 and has already ridden out one severe storm.

    Item Type: Other
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 13:04
    Last Modified: 04 Oct 2013 13:04
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/6837

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