Available wind resources and the levelized cost of electricity in Europe

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Sähkötekniikan korkeakoulu | Master's thesis
Date
2021-01-25
Department
Major/Subject
Sustainable Energy System and Markets
Mcode
ELEC3048
Degree programme
Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions
Language
en
Pages
60
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Abstract
The purpose of this thesis was to analyse the technical and economic potential of onshore wind power in Europe. This was implemented by using turbine simulation and spatial datasets of wind resource parameters and land use restrictions to model land availability, installable capacity and annual generation. The economic potential was estimated by calculating the levelized cost of electricity for each site. It was found that Europe has a technical potential of 7758 GW and 25309 TWh and an economic potential of 3386.35 GW and 14871.38 TWh. Land use restrictions proved to be the biggest limitation to onshore wind and especially Central Europe would have very few sites left despite the good wind locations according to the results. In contrast, the Nordic countries proved to have a good potential in both land availability and wind resources.
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Supervisor
Lehtonen, Matti
Thesis advisor
Miettinen, Jari
Keywords
onshore, wind power, wind energy, potential, levelized cost of electricity, LCOE
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