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Macro-Scale Multi Criteria Site Assessment for Wind Resource Development in Iceland

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Author: Michael Stephen Doheny

Year: 2016

Supervisor: Páll Jensson, Samuel Perkin & Margrét Arnardóttir

The project was conducted in cooperation with Landsvirkjun.



The process of developing wind resources in a given region is subject to a variety of factors. A thorough understanding and adherence to such factors is paramount to the optimization of wind turbine site selection. This study identifies, analyzes and illustrates those factors which influence onshore wind resource development in Iceland by using geographic information systems (GIS) software. In addition, optimal sites for wind resource development are identified within the Snæfellsness region using the Pareto Frontier method and a cost-benefit analysis.
After consideration of developmental exclusion zones within the analysis, 56.3% of land area is highlighted as suitable for wind resource development within the Snæfellsness region. Among the 43 wind points examined, four points are recognized as most optimal using the Pareto Frontier method. Finally, a cost-benefit analysis is conducted to determine the most optimal site amongst those analyzed for development of an Enercon E44 turbine within the region. Calculations show an AEP yield of 3639.3 MWh´s for the most optimal site.
Further recommendations within this field include the development of more accurate macro-scale wind measurement models, and to develop overarching environmental impact assessment standards to encompass such factors into large-scale wind resource assessment processes.


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