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Comparison of seven numerical methods for determining Weibull parameters for wind energy generation in the northeast region of Brazil

Authors
Journal
Applied Energy
0306-2619
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
89
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.08.003
Keywords
  • Weibull Distribution
  • Wind Energy
  • Numerical Methods
  • Energy Efficiency
Disciplines
  • Ecology

Abstract

Abstract This paper deals with the analysis and comparison of 7 (seven) numerical methods for the assessment of effectiveness in determining the parameters for the Weibull distribution, using wind speed data collected in Camocim and Paracuru cities, State of Ceará, in the northeast region of Brazil, in the period from August 2004 to April 2006, obtained by the Department of Infrastructure of the State of Ceará. One method is not well known, namely the equivalent energy method, and its performance is compared to the others. By using the methods of analysis of variance, RMSE (root mean square error), and chi-square tests to compare the proposed methods, this study aims to determine which ones are effective in determining the parameters of the Weibull distribution for the available data, in an attempt to establish acceptable criteria to a better utilization of wind power in the State of Ceará, which is a national prominence in the use of renewable sources for electricity generation in Brazil.

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