Date: April 19, 2012
Creator: Brown, Megan & Verrill, Diane
Description: This poster discusses research on transitioning coal-fired power plants into combined solar and wind energy power plants. Using a combination of solar power during the day and wind energy at night, the author is attempting to eliminate coal from society's energy equation by transforming coal-fired power plants into renewable energy based power plants. The power output of the plant before and after this transformation will be examined using a combination of data analysis and evaluation of a case study performed on an actual power plant. The effect of this transformation on the revenue stream of the power plant will also be reviewed to determine if this project would be beneficial to power companies. Many researchers have already begun looking for ways to make coal-fired plants more environmentally friendly via an implementation of wind or solar energy alongside the traditional coal-fired design. An assessment of their different approaches has provided a foundation from which the author has established the author's own designs.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College