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A Wind Power Plant with Thermal Energy Storage for Improving the Utilization of Wind Energy

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Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, China
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Department of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Energies 2017, 10(12), 2126; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10122126
Received: 8 November 2017 / Revised: 2 December 2017 / Accepted: 6 December 2017 / Published: 14 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Turbine Loads and Wind Plant Performance)
The development of the wind energy industry is seriously restricted by grid connection issues and wind energy generation rejections introduced by the intermittent nature of wind energy sources. As a solution of these problems, a wind power system integrating with a thermal energy storage (TES) system for district heating (DH) is designed to make best use of the wind power in the present work. The operation and control of the system are described in detail. A one-dimensional system model of the system is developed based on a generic model library using the object-oriented language Modelica for system modeling. Validations of the main components of the TES module are conducted against experimental results and indicate that the models can be used to simulate the operation of the system. The daily performance of the integrated system is analyzed based on a seven-day operation. And the influences of system configurations on the performance of the integrated system are analyzed. The numerical results show that the integrated system can effectively improve the utilization of total wind energy under great wind power rejection. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind power plant (WPP); thermal energy storage (TES); district heating (DH); wind power rejection; Modelica wind power plant (WPP); thermal energy storage (TES); district heating (DH); wind power rejection; Modelica
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Liu, C.; Cheng, M.-S.; Zhao, B.-C.; Dai, Z.-M. A Wind Power Plant with Thermal Energy Storage for Improving the Utilization of Wind Energy. Energies 2017, 10, 2126.

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