Task 24: Integration of
Wind and Hydropower Systems
(This Task has concluded its research)
The two primary purposes of this Task are to conduct cooperative research concerning the generation, transmission, and economics of integrating wind and hydropower systems and to provide a forum for information exchange. The following are specific objectives of the Task:
- Establish an international forum for exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences related to the integration of wind and hydropower technologies within electricity supply systems.
- Share information among participating members concerning grid integration, transmission issues, hydrological and hydropower impacts, markets and economics, and simplified modeling techniques.
- Identify technically and economically feasible system configurations for integrating wind and hydropower. Include the effects of market structure on wind-hydro system economics with the intention of identifying the most effective market structures.
- Document case studies pertaining to wind and hydropower integration, and create an on-line library of reports.
The objective of the Task will be achieved through case studies focused on grid integration issues, hydrologic impacts, market and economics, and simplified modelling. While it is understood that many case studies will involve all four of these topics, others will not. Some countries that participate in this Task may only address and share information related to one of these topics, while others will address all four. In addressing each case study topic, information exchange amongst the collaborators will include problem formulation and assumptions, analysis techniques, and results.
Thomas L. Acker, Ph. D.
Contractor to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Northern Arizona University
Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions Group
15600 S. McConnell Dr., Engr. Bldg 69
P.O. Box 15600
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5600
Cell 928 607 6814
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