The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) recently completed a year and half of data gathering in wind measurement. Relocated from Yupakari in Region 9, the wind measuring system was reallocated by GEA in November of 2014 to Kumu in Region 9 where it is currently gathering data in relation to wind speed and direction.
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, GEA’s lead Engineer on Wind Energy.
Additionally, GEA – in a statement to the media today, said it 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,” Samaroo was quoted as saying.
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 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 Guyana Energy Agency said it 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 realizing the vision of a ‘Green Guyana’.