Knowledge Globalization Conference, 13th International Knowledge Globalization Confernece 2018

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Feasibility of Wind Power for St. Martin’s Island of Bangladesh

Md Abdul Karim, Md. Raisul Karim, A.Z.A. Saifullah

Last modified: 2018-01-09

Abstract


The paper presents an overview of wind energy potential at St. Martin’s island in Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, power sector is heavily dependent on natural gas and furnace oil. But the present reserves of gas and oil are not sufficient to support the country for long term economic growth. Renewable energy can be the sustainable alternative of these fossil fuels. The present share of renewable energy is only 2.86% of all power generated in the country according to power and energy ministry data. However, from several available options of renewable energy, wind power can be a potential source for 724 km long coast line and many small islands in the Bay of Bengal. St. Martin’s island is a small island in northeastern part of the Bay of Bengal with area of 8 km2 and about 5000 inhabitants. Though the island is one of the attractive tourist places, it suffers shortage of electricity because of unavailability of grid power. Wind energy can play a vital role to electrify the island.  The calculated mean wind speed in St. Martin’s island is 4.23 m/s at 50 m height. The island has 14 km of long beach where 150 wind turbines can be installed with a total power generation capacity of 7.5 MW. We hope this study reveals the scope of wind energy as a sustainable source of green energy for St. Martin’s island.