Wind_Energy_Essentials_Lecture 5

Wind_Energy_Essentials_Lecture 5 - Wind Assessment &...

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Wind Assessment & Forecasting Mark Ahlstrom, CEO EE 5940 - Wind Energy Essentials University of Minnesota October 5, 2010
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2 Introduction Wind Resource Assessment Wind Forecasting Wind and Solar Power Plants And along the way, you’ll pick up some meteorology! Agenda
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3 The Power of Weather Wind and solar provide a huge source of available energy…
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4 Wind and solar are attractive energy sources that must play in the traditional world of utilities and bankers All power plants and fuel supplies have their own unique operational characteristics – Nuclear power plants were a challenge, too! Variability is intrinsic to the wind and solar fuel supply – Understand weather-driven risk and variability – Understand the operating impacts on the power system – Engineer systems to deal with it by optimizing the new system Integrated use of weather analysis and forecasting is critical for reliable and economic use of wind power plants today, and solar power plants in the near future … but the introduction of “variable and uncertain” power plants is disruptive to the traditional electric power industry
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5 Founded in 1989 by supercomputer architects Applied meteorology focus Assessment, forecasting & integration of renewable energy Intelligent solutions for the world’s energy industries Staff of 60 in Minnesota, including a research center Technology of 60 people & 1000+ computers for wind and solar energy’s fuel supply From a background of supercomputing and environmental modeling, WindLogics focused on wind energy in 2003 WindLogics Background
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6 NextEra Energy Resources WindLogics became a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources (formerly FPL Energy) in September 2006 NextEra Energy Resources is the largest renewable energy provider in North American – Wind – over 70 wind plants (~ 7,500 MW) – Solar – seven solar facilities (310 MW) – Nuclear, hydro and gas plants – over 17,000 MW total generation Subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc. (NYSE: NEE) – Annual revenues more than $16 billion Acquired by the largest U.S. wind energy company in 2006, WindLogics now provides wind & solar understanding for all NextEra projects and numerous third-party clients
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7 History of wind integration projects Active in research, publications, Collaboration with public and university sectors: – UM’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory – New DOE award for NOAA project Strong interest in next-generation integrated solutions for utilities and in keeping the entire industry smart and practical WindLogics has a strong sciences team and engages with many groups to promote better wind and solar understanding
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Wind Resource Assessment
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