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The Effect of Altitude on Small Wind Turbine Power Production cover

The Effect of Altitude on Small Wind Turbine Power Production

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Publication #: B-1207
Date Published: 08/24/2010

Publication Author(s):
Benjamin S. Rashford
Natalie Macsalka
Milton Geiger

Description:
Electricity generated, typically measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), is the most important factor in determining the economic effectiveness of a small wind turbine. A reliable estimate of expected production is therefore critical to assessing wind turbine potential at your site. Unfortunately, estimating wind production can be challenging because it depends on many factors unique to each situation. Many web sites and articles provide generally acceptable methods to simplify production estimates. These simplified approaches often provide reasonable production estimates for preliminary analyses. All of the simplified methods, however, depend on a set of assumptions that may differ significantly from individual situations in Wyoming. One factor that makes small wind turbines in Wyoming unique is altitude.


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