Investigation on wind power potential on Hong Kong islands - An analysis of wind power and wind turbine characteristics

Lin Lu, Hongxing Yang, John Burnett

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This paper discusses the potential for electricity generation on Hong Kong islands through an analysis of the local weather data and typical wind turbine characteristics. An optimum wind speed, Uop, is proposed to choose an optimal type of wind turbine for different weather conditions. A simulation model has been established to describe the characteristics of a particular wind turbine. A case study investigation allows wind speed and wind power density to be obtained using different hub heights, and the annual power generated by the wind turbine to be simulated. The wind turbine's capacity factor, being the ratio of actual annual power generation to the rated annual power generation, is shown to be 0.353, with the capacity factor in October as high as 0.50. The simulation shows the potential for wind power generation on the islands surrounding Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalRenewable Energy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2002


  • Capacity factor
  • Optimum wind speed
  • Wind power density
  • Wind power generation
  • Wind turbine characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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