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Energies 2016, 9(11), 872; doi:10.3390/en9110872

Fuzzy Logic Based Multi-Criteria Wind Turbine Selection Strategy—A Case Study of Qassim, Saudi Arabia

Center for Engineering Research, Research Institute, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Computer Science Department, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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Academic Editor: Frede Blaabjerg
Received: 20 July 2016 / Revised: 12 September 2016 / Accepted: 22 September 2016 / Published: 26 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Wind Turbines)
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The emergence of wind energy as a potential alternative to traditional sources of fuel has prompted notable research in recent years. One primary factor contributing to efficient utilization of wind energy from a wind farm is the type of turbines used. However, selection of a specific wind turbine type is a difficult task due to several criteria involved in the selection process. Important criteria include turbine’s power rating, height of tower, energy output, rotor diameter, cut-in wind speed, and rated wind speed. The complexity of this selection process is further amplified by the presence of conflicts between the decision criteria. Therefore, a decision is desired that provides the best balance between all selection criteria. Considering the complexities involved in the decision-making process, this paper proposes a two-level decision turbine selection strategy based on fuzzy logic and multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) approach. More specifically, the fuzzy arithmetic mean operator is used in the decision process. The proposed approach is applied to wind data collected from the site of Qassim, Saudi Arabia. Results indicate that the proposed approach was effective in finding the optimal turbine from a set of 20 turbines of various capacities. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind turbine; wind energy; fuzzy logic; decision-making; fuzzy arithmetic mean operator wind turbine; wind energy; fuzzy logic; decision-making; fuzzy arithmetic mean operator

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Rehman, S.; Khan, S.A. Fuzzy Logic Based Multi-Criteria Wind Turbine Selection Strategy—A Case Study of Qassim, Saudi Arabia. Energies 2016, 9, 872.

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