Feasibility Numerical modelling Finite Element Methods (FEM) Renewable energy Wind energy GCC countries Kuwait Onshore wind turbine Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) CO2 emission Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) Soil–structure interaction
Wind energy technologies are considered to be among the most promising types of renewable energy sources, which have since attracted broad considerations through recent years due to the soaring oil prices and the growing concerns over climate change and energy security. In Kuwait, rapid industrialisation, population growth and increasing water desalination are resulting in high energy demand growth, increasing the concern of oil diminishing as a main source of energy and the climate change caused by CO2 emissions from fossil fuel based energy. These demands and challenges compelled governments to embark on a diversification strategy to meet growing energy demand and support continued economic growth. Kuwait looked for alternative forms of energy by assessing potential renewable energy resources, including wind and sun. Kuwait is attempting to use and invest in renewable energy due to the fluctuating price of oil, diminishing reserves, the rapid increase in population, the high consumption of electricity and the environment protection.
In this research, wind energy will be investigated as an attractive source of energy in Kuwait. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.