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Energies 2014, 7(11), 6856-6885; doi:10.3390/en7116856

Simplified Analysis of the Electric Power Losses for On-Shore Wind Farms Considering Weibull Distribution Parameters

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Industrial Engineering Higher Technical School, Spanish University for Distance Education, Juan del Rosal St., 12, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo, Riobamba-Chimborazo, EC060103, Ecuador
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Received: 14 July 2014 / Revised: 20 August 2014 / Accepted: 17 October 2014 / Published: 28 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Turbines 2014)
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Electric power losses are constantly present during the service life of wind farms and must be considered in the calculation of the income arising from selling the produced electricity. It is typical to estimate the electrical losses in the design stage as those occurring when the wind farm operates at rated power, nevertheless, it is necessary to determine a method for checking if the actual losses meet the design requirements during the operation period. In this paper, we prove that the electric losses at rated power should not be considered as a reference level and a simple methodology will be developed to analyse and foresee the actual losses in a set period as a function of the wind resource in such period, defined according to the Weibull distribution, and the characteristics of the wind farm electrical infrastructure. This methodology facilitates a simple way, to determine in the design phase and to check during operation, the actual electricity losses. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind farm; electric losses; Weibull distribution wind farm; electric losses; Weibull distribution
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Colmenar-Santos, A.; Campíez-Romero, S.; Enríquez-Garcia, L.A.; Pérez-Molina, C. Simplified Analysis of the Electric Power Losses for On-Shore Wind Farms Considering Weibull Distribution Parameters. Energies 2014, 7, 6856-6885.

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