Sizing storage and wind generation capacities in remote power systems




Gassner, Andy

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Global adoption of renewable energy is increasing due to growing concern over climate change, increasing costs associated with conventional generation, and decreasing capital investment costs of renewable energy technologies. Specifically, wind power represents the most technologically mature renewable alternative and is recognized as a cost effective generation source in both large and small power systems. However, the variability due to the stochastic nature of the wind resource introduces technological limitations to the amount of wind power which can be integrated in a power system. Energy storage is seen as a solution to mitigate the variability in wind power output. Wind power and energy storage devices have the potential to contribute a substantial amount of renewable generation to meet the electricity demand in remote power systems. Remote power systems are characterized by their self reliance on electrical generation. The basic function of a remote power system is to provide the necessary power to satisfy the community’s electricity demand requirements as economically as possible with an adequate level of continuity and reliability.



renewable energy, wind power, remote power systems