Research on a new hybrid wind turbine system

Sun, Hao (2014). Research on a new hybrid wind turbine system. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Electrical power generation from wind energy has been recognised as one of major realistic energy sources in CO2 emission reduction worldwide. However, matching power generation with the load demand remains a great challenge, due to the nature of wind energy intermittency. The thesis addresses this issue by developing a new system with the structure of a hybrid connection of the wind turbine and compressed air energy storage. A scroll air motor is adopted to serve as an “air-electricity transformer” to compensate the power output during the period of low wind speed. The complete mathematical model and a suitable management and control strategy for the whole hybrid system are developed in the thesis. The simulation study has demonstrated that the proposed new hybrid wind turbine system is feasible and has potential for industrial applications. The prototype of hybrid wind turbine is successfully constructed in the author’s group. And the experimental results finally prove the concept of the new hybrid wind turbine. At last, the experimental system result analysis is described in this thesis. Simulation and experimental study shows that the proposed hybrid wind turbine system is technically feasible with energy efficiency around 50%.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Engineering, Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering


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