Potential and economic feasibility of a wind power plant in Ciudad Juárez, México

  • Yashar Aryanfar Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Juárez 32310, Mexico https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0835-7894
  • Jorge Luis Garcia Alcaraz Department of Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing, Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez. Av. Del Charro 450 Norte. Col. Partido Romero. Ciudad Juárez 32310, Chihuahua, México https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7092-6963
  • Julio Blanco Fernandez 3Department of Electrical Engineering, University of La Rioja. C/ San José de Calasanz 31, Logroño 26004, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7351-5342
  • Liliana Avelar Sosa Department of Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing, Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez. Av. Del Charro 450 Norte. Col. Partido Romero. Ciudad Juárez 32310, Chihuahua, México https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9490-2520
Keywords: Mexico, wind, RetScreen, Electricity, Energy, Ciudad Juárez


This study investigated the wind energy potential of Ciudad Juárez (Chihuahua, México) for a whole year. The viability of employing three small-scale wind turbine models, including the S-343, Bergey BWC Excel, and AOC 15/50, in Ciudad Juarez, located in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua in Mexico, is studied in the first stage using RETScreen software. The performance of these three turbine models was subjected to sensitivity analysis in the following study stage using the three defined economic scenarios, assuming a 7% inflation rate, a 9% discount rate, a 7% fuel cost escalation rate, and a 20-year project duration. Finally, the circumstances under which these turbines operate in Ciudad Juarez are discussed economically. Findings indicate that the study site is not economically appropriate, not even for the installation of specific small wind turbines. Finally, it was suggested that the viability of adopting alternative renewable energy systems, such as solar and hybrid systems (photovoltaic wind), be examined in the upcoming study in Ciudad Juárez.


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How to Cite
Aryanfar, Y., Garcia Alcaraz , J. L., Blanco Fernandez, J., & Avelar Sosa, L. (2022). Potential and economic feasibility of a wind power plant in Ciudad Juárez, México. CT&F - Ciencia, Tecnología Y Futuro, 12(2), 39–47. https://doi.org/10.29047/01225383.623


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