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Multi Step Ahead Wind Speed Forecasting Using Long Short Term Memory Recurrent Neural Network

Firuz Ahamed Nahid1*, Jubaer Alam 1, Khadiza Akter1.
1Department of EEE, IUBAT-International University of Business Agriculture and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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ABSTRACT: This paper proposes a multi-step ahead wind speed forecasting approach utilizing Long Short Term Memory Recurrent Neural Network – LSTMRNN (a deep learning technique). Accurate wind speed forecasting is the prerequisite to harvest maximum power from windmills. Proper forecasting of wind speed directly impacts the generation, demand management and unit commitment of windmills. In this research, one year’s historical dataset consisting of wind speed, relative humidity and temperature of thirty minutes interval has been considered to train the proposed LSTMRNN model. The model’s performance has been evaluated by Mean Absolute Error (MAE), Root Mean Squared Error (RMSE), and Mean Absolute Percentage Error (MAPE). The performance of the proposed model has also been compared with another machine learning model called Convolutional Neural Network – CNN. The results show that the proposed model can forecast wind speed with much better accuracy in comparison with CNN.


KEYWORDS: Machine Learning, Wind Speed Forecast, LSTMRNN, RMSE, MAE, MAPE, CNN, Deep learning and windmill.

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