Testing of a 50-kW Wind-Diesel Hybrid System at the National Wind Technology Center

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In remote off-grid villages and communities, a reliable power source is important in improving the local quality of life. Villages often use a diesel generator for their power, but fuel can be expensive and maintenance burdensome. Including a wind turbine in a diesel system can reduce fuel consumption and lower maintenance, thereby reducing energy costs. However, integrating the various components of a wind-diesel system, including wind turbine, power conversion system, and battery storage (if applicable), is a challenging task. To further the development of commercial hybrid power systems, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with the New World ... continued below

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Corbus, D. A.; Green, H. J.; Allderdice, A.; Rand, K.; Bianchi, J. & Linton, E. July 1, 1996.

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In remote off-grid villages and communities, a reliable power source is important in improving the local quality of life. Villages often use a diesel generator for their power, but fuel can be expensive and maintenance burdensome. Including a wind turbine in a diesel system can reduce fuel consumption and lower maintenance, thereby reducing energy costs. However, integrating the various components of a wind-diesel system, including wind turbine, power conversion system, and battery storage (if applicable), is a challenging task. To further the development of commercial hybrid power systems, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with the New World Village Power Corporation (NWVP), tested a NWVP 50-kW wind-diesel hybrid system connected to a 15/50 Atlantic Orient Corporation (AOC) wind turbine. Testing was conducted from October 1995 through March 1996 at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). A main objective of the testing was to better understand the application of wind turbines to weak grids typical of small villages. Performance results contained in this report include component characterization, such as power conversion losses for the rotary converter system and battery round trip efficiencies. In addition, system operation over the test period is discussed with special attention given to dynamic issues. Finally, future plans for continued testing and research are discussed.

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  • Report No.: NREL/TP-440-21499
  • Grant Number: AC36-08GO28308
  • DOI: 10.2172/1089586 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1089586
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc842518

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Corbus, D. A.; Green, H. J.; Allderdice, A.; Rand, K.; Bianchi, J. & Linton, E. Testing of a 50-kW Wind-Diesel Hybrid System at the National Wind Technology Center, report, July 1, 1996; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc842518/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.