An analysis of wind energy potential for micro wind turbine in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-279
Journal / PublicationBuilding Services Engineering Research and Technology
Issue number3
Online published19 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


Renewable energy can play an important role in meeting the ultimate goal of replacing parts of fossil fuels to generate sustainable, inexhaustible, clean and safe energy. One of the promising applications of renewable energy technology is the installation of wind turbine that has been identified as having potential for wide-scale application in Hong Kong. Locally, wind turbines are seldom installed in building developments. The barriers include limited installation space available, the heavily obstructed external environments and noise and vibration problems. The apposite places for the installation would be on the roof/rooftop of low-rise buildings located in low-density zones. Relevant wind data and output power generated on-site, which may be quite site-dependent, are essential for modelling and evaluating the wind energy conversion system. Long-term measured wind data are crucial to the study of wind energy potential. This work studies the wind data and micro-wind turbine used in dense urban terrain and low-density area. Technical data including wind speed and output power were analyzed and reported. To achieve 1% of total building energy consumption generated from wind power, 17 micro-wind turbines are required to be installed in this institutional building located in low-density zone.Practical application: Wind turbine is one of the typical applications of renewable energy technology. However, micro-turbines are not popularly installed in building developments. This work analyses the measured wind data and the energy performance of micro-wind turbines installed in an institutional building. The findings provide the on-site measured data for design and assessment of micro-wind turbines installed in building blocks. © 2013 The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Research Area(s)

  • renewable energy, wind speed, Wind turbine