GEA completes 1½ years of data gathering in wind measurements

The Guyana Energy Agency, GUYANA, Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) recently completed a year-and-a-half of data gathering in wind measurement. Relocated from Yupukari in Region 9, the wind measuring system was reallocated by GEA in November of 2014 to Kumu, Region 9 where it is currently gathering data in relation to wind speed and direction.

Wind Tower

Wind Tower

The data collected will be of significant benefit in understanding and estimating the wind energy potential of each site. “The data obtained will aid in future project studies, design and development, and it will play a vital role in the planning process of wind energy projects,” said Kenny Samaroo, the GEA’s lead Engineer on Wind Energy.

Additionally, GEA is using the data to create a wind map which is a representation of the magnitude of the wind in the different regions/sites that wind data gathering was conducted. The map, which was created by Mr. Samaroo, shows the information in graphic form, using cartography with a scale and determined symbolism.  “While the map has been created, as we monitor more sites across Guyana the information will be added, thereby updating the map which will enable a more accurate representation of the wind potential of the country. In essence, the map will show the average wind speed measurements obtained over the years” said Mr. Samaroo.

The sites for data gathering are selected initially using Global Atlas for RE potential satellite data (obtained from Nassau or 3 TIER data bases) along with local knowledge. Mr. Samaroo explained that though information from the Atlas is used to determine testing sites as it relates to potential ‘breezy’ locations “GEA consults with locals within each of the identified community in relation to the wind speed pattern and where would be the most suitable location prior to setting up the wind instrument.”

Once a site has been chosen, data is collected from all the promising sites within the specific region before the system is relocated to another region. The areas that will be targeted for data gathering in a new cycle, commencing in 2016, are Bartica, Region 7 (relocating from Jawalla, Region 7), Kato, Region 8 (relocating from Mahdia) and Quarrie in Region 9 (relocating from Kumu, Region 9).

The GEA remains committed to carrying out research into (and encouraging the use of) all forms of renewable energy. These efforts are aimed at securing and encouraging more efficient utilization of energy and sources of energy in the public’s interest; and to develop and encourage the development and usage of sources of energy other than those currently in use with the aim of realising the vision of a ‘Green Guyana’.