Potential of wind energy in Medina, Saudi Arabia based on Weibull distribution parameters

Khaled S AlQdah, Raed L. Alahmdi, Abdulrahman Alansari, Abdulrahman Almoghamisi, Mohanad Abualkhair, Muhammad Awais

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


This study aims to assess the potential of wind energy in Medina by using Weibull probability distribution to provide an insight concerning the energy production from the selected wind turbine Aventa AV-7. Scale factors c and shape k of Weibull distribution, were determined for wind speed frequency. Significant findings included a wind speed recurrence of 2.9 m/s with a probability of 30% approximately. The average c and k were found to be 3.467 and 2.923 m/s, respectively. The estimated average k is relatively high, which indicates that the spread in wind speeds is small. Aventa AV-7 turbine was chosen to test the power generation of wind in Medina. It was found that this wind turbine can generate 8648 kWh/year in the Medina region, which is only 15.2% of the maximum power production. This turbine is expected to generate the maximum possible power output at a wind speed of 7 m/s.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)0309524X2110273
JournalWind Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 28 2021

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-06-30

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


Dive into the research topics of 'Potential of wind energy in Medina, Saudi Arabia based on Weibull distribution parameters'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this