Abstract

Daily wind speed and directions obtained using wind vane and anemometer for a period of ten years (1995- 2004) were acquired from meteorological station located at longitude 07 o 41′ E and latitude 11o08′ W, altitude of 686 m in Nigerian college of aviation technolog Zaria. The readings were usually taken twice in a day, at 10.00 am and at 4.00 pm. The results showed a relative dominance of N-E. With 7251 direction counts recorded throughout the years N-E windhas3317 direction counts representing 45.75%, S-W 33.4%, N-W, 11.75% S-E 7.94% E, 0.68%; W, 0.30% S, 0.08% and N, 0.07%. The maximum wind speed of 3 m/s was obtained at a height of 10 m above the earth surface. There is an evidence of speed increase with height above the earth surface. The average extractable wind power per unit area wasnot less than 9 w/m2 in the area . It was also observed that dry season (N-E wind period), normally runs from the month of November to February whereas the rainy season (S-W wind period), and runs from the month of May to September.

How to Cite
OLATUNJI, S, SANUSI, Y.K., Dr.. Appraisal of Wind Energy Potential in Zaria Metropolis. Global Journal of Science Frontier Research, [S.l.], feb. 2013. ISSN 2249-4626. Available at: <https://journalofscience.org/index.php/GJSFR/article/view/714>. Date accessed: 20 june 2021.