Wind energy potential assessment spatial decision support system

T. V. Ramachandra *, K. J. Rajeev, S. Vamsee Krishna, B. V. Shruthi
*Energy Research Group, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science. Bangalore 560 012, India
Citation: Ramachandra T.V., Rajeev K.J., Vamsee Krishna S., and Shruthi B.V., 2005. WEPA: Wind energy potential assessment - spatial decision support system, Energy Education Science and Technology, 14(2): 61-80.


Human pressure on forests to meet the daily energy requirement in the form of fuel wood and fodder for domestic purposes and rural industries is quite evident from the barren hill tops of some districts of Karnataka. Therefore, harnessing of a renewable source like wind at feasible sites would help in the eco-development of the region. The exploitation of wind energy has passed the basic research stage as well as the pilot study phase and has now reached a fairly consolidated initial level of commercialization. In the future economies of scale will enablecosts to be reduced further and technological improvements to be made, thus wind energy could become more widespread on the energy market. Assessment procedures and energy planning may appear complex because of the number and diversity of the items to evaluate, the uncertainty of data. WEPA- SDSS justify its choices clearly and consistently. The availability of wind resources is quantified and characterized in this module. Local need for energy in a decentralized way for industrial needs, and for irrigation purposes (in the pre-monsoon period for agriculture and plantations like areca, coconut, etc.) makes the exploitation of wind energy feasible and desirable.

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