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Hybrid Electric Power Generation with Wind and Diesel

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  024186,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.10524) @2002
Authors:   R. Nolan Clark
Keywords:   Wind power, Electric generation, Hybrid, Renewable energy, Wind turbines, Remote power generation, Batteries

Wind/hybrid operation data were collected using an independent hybrid test grid consisting of three diesel generator sets, AOC 15/50 and Enertech 44/40 wind turbines, two resistive load banks, pre-commercial controls, with a simulated village load. Two configurations were tested, one using a synchronous condenser that included no storage and one with 110 kW of battery storage with a rotary converter. The fuel efficiency increased from 2.63 kWh per liter for diesel only to 4.01 kWh per liter with hybrid system without storage and to 10.09 kWh per liter with battery storage. The potential run time in wind only was greatly increased when the battery storage was added. When wind power was sufficient to curtail the diesel generator sets, control was smooth and stable providing for the entire village load without having to burn fuel.

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