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Assessment of Offshore Wind Resources Within Japan's EEZ Using QuikSCAT Data
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Assessment of Offshore Wind Resources Within Japan's EEZ Using QuikSCAT Data
Ohsawa, Teruo; Tanaka, Masahiro; Shimada, Susumu; Tsubouchi, Nobuki; Kozai, Katsutoshi;
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In this paper, offshore wind resources within the Japan's EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) are assessed using wind speed data from the microwave scatterometer SeaWinds onboard QuikSCAT. At first, from the 10m-height wind speed from QuikSCAT, 60 m-height wind speed is estimated by using an empirical equation for height correction. Based on the 60 m-height wind speeds, annual energy Production is calculated under an assumption of installing 2 MW wind turbines every . The annual energy production is then accumulated for the entire Japan's territorial waters and EEZ (). As a result, it is shown that the total energy Production is estimated to be TWh/yr. This offshore wind energy Potential within the EEZ is approximately 50 times higher than the actual annual electricity production in Japan.
Offshore;Wind resource assessment;Japan;EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone);QuikSCAT;
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