A Feasibility Analysis of Wind Power Project in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan

  • Muhammad Amjad Khan Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan.
  • Salman Amin Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan.
  • Abdul Rauf Bhatti Department of Electrical Engineering, Government College University Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan.
  • Sheikh Saaqib Haroon Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan.
  • Intisar Ali Sajjad Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan.

Abstract

Wind resource potential is strongly influenced by the exposure, orientation of the terrain and the wind direction. In Pakistan, the northern areas have very attractive sites for wind power plants. However, due to non-standardized masts installed, the collected data are not reliable. Due to the unreliable nature of available data, the investors normally avoid the investing in the wind power projects. Various software and tools have been used so far for the feasibility analysis but due to unreliable data, the proper feasibility analysis is still out of sight. To overcome this deficiency, a feasibility study of a wind power project in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan using reliable data is presented in this paper. For this purpose, the RETScreen is used by exploiting the standard NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) database. Since the developing countries are facing problems in the development of wind projects, it is envisaged that this approach will give an easy way to launch new clean energy projects.

Published
Jul 1, 2021
How to Cite
KHAN, Muhammad Amjad et al. A Feasibility Analysis of Wind Power Project in the Hunza Valley of Pakistan. Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering and Technology, [S.l.], v. 40, n. 3, p. 582 - 590, july 2021. ISSN 2413-7219. Available at: <https://publications.muet.edu.pk/index.php/muetrj/article/view/2182>. Date accessed: 18 sep. 2021. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.22581/muet1982.2103.12.
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