The Mekoryuk wind test site has outstanding potential for wind power development with Class 6 winds, low wind shear, and low turbulence. The wind rose indicates more variability in wind directions than observed elsewhere, but this likely is a consequence of Mekoryuk’s coastal location and maritime climate influence. For a representative village-scale stall controlled turbine and pitch controlled turbine, both yield low thirty percent capacity factors at 32 meter hub heights. An expected challenge with wind turbine operations in Mekoryuk is the occasional extreme low winter temperatures and consequent high air densities experienced.
December 4, 2007