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Wind Power Potential in Palestine/Israel: An investigation study for the potential of wind power in Palestine/Israel, with emphasis on the political obstacles
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Wind resource assessment studies have been conducted in the Israeli side and the Palestinian side before; however, the previous studies were restricted with the political border either Palestinian or Israeli except one of them that was based on measurements dated to 1940-1983 (R. Shabbaneh & A. Hasan, 1997). Moreover, the studies were performed years ago, with simple techniques and based on old data (R. Shabbaneh & A. Hasan, 1997). Hence, the needs for a new study that is based on updated data, and using updated model is highly demanded. This study is intended to perform wind resource assessment in Palestine/Israel; the study has used two stages of assessment, primary one based on reference station data on both sides, Israeli and Palestinian. The second stage of wind resource assessment is based on WindPRO software. The wind resource assessment ends up with identifying sites with higher potential that are situated in four selected sites, North of Palestine/Israel, North of West-bank, Jerusalem, and Eilat, the higher potential was in Eilat area bearing mean wind speed of 9.88m/s at 100 m hub height.Moreover, the study recognized the importance of political situation assessment due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based on conducted survey, the political situation assessment concluded that international non-governmental organizations seem to be most capable of starting up wind power project in Palestine/Israel. Furthermore, the study concluded that supportive policies from both the Israeli and Palestinian governments are crucial to promote wind power projects in the region.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
Wind resource assessment, land breeze, sea breeze, wind fluctuation, wind frequency rose, diurnal wind profile, correlation matrix, West-bank, Palestine, Israel, wind profile, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, political barriers.
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-217094OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-217094DiVA: diva2:691881
Educational program
Master Program in Wind Power Project Management, 60 hp (HGO)
Available from: 2014-03-25 Created: 2014-01-29 Last updated: 2014-03-26Bibliographically approved

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