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A Joint Evaluation of the Wind and Wave Energy Resources Close to the Greek Islands

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, 47 Domneasca Street, Galati 800008, Romania
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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 1025;
Received: 28 April 2017 / Revised: 5 June 2017 / Accepted: 7 June 2017 / Published: 15 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Energy, Load and Price Forecasting towards Sustainability)
The objective of this work is to analyze the wind and wave energy potential in the proximity of the Greek islands. Thus, by evaluating the synergy between wind and waves, a more comprehensive picture of the renewable energy resources in the target area is provided. In this study, two different data sources are considered. The first data set is provided by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) through the ERA-Interim project and covers an 11-year period, while the second data set is Archiving, Validation and Interpretation of Satellite Oceanographic data (AVISO) and covers six years of information. Using these data, parameters such as wind speed, significant wave height (SWH) and mean wave period (MWP) are analyzed. The following marine areas are targeted: Ionian Sea, Aegean Sea, Sea of Crete, Libyan Sea and Levantine Sea, near the coastal environment of the Greek islands. Initially, 26 reference points were considered. For a more detailed analysis, the number of reference points was narrowed down to 10 that were considered more relevant. Since in the island environments the resources are in general rather limited, the proposed work provides some outcomes concerning the wind and wave energy potential and the synergy between these two natural resources in the vicinity of the Greek islands. From the analysis performed, it can be noticed that the most energetic wind conditions are encountered west of Cios Island, followed by the regions east of Tinos and northeast of Crete. In these locations, the annual average values of the wind power density (Pwind) are in the range of 286–298.6 W/m2. Regarding the wave power density (Pwave), the most energetic locations can be found in the vicinity of Crete, north, south and southeast of the island. There, the wave energy potential is in the range of 2.88–2.99 kW/m. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind and wave power; Greek islands; coastal environment; renewable energy; synergy wind and wave power; Greek islands; coastal environment; renewable energy; synergy
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Ganea, D.; Amortila, V.; Mereuta, E.; Rusu, E. A Joint Evaluation of the Wind and Wave Energy Resources Close to the Greek Islands. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1025.

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