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Explain the Wiebull K factor means for wind electricity production

Wind energy has been modeled statistically by engineers in an effort to quantify power potential in different geographic areas.  The Wiebull statistical distribution has been found to most closely resemble the variability of wind patterns. An important determinant of the Wiebull distribution is the K factor. A K factor approaching 1 indicates highly variable wind while a factor near 3 signifies constant or regular wind which is more ideal for energy production.


Cole Gustafson, North Dakota State University
Irene Shonle, Colorado State University

NDSU, Dept. 7620

P.O. Box 6050

Fargo, ND  58108-6050

Phone: 701.231.7261

Fax: 701.231.1008

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