Renewable Sources of Energy: Wind Power Technology

2214 WordsFeb 19, 20189 Pages
Chapter 1. Introduction Wind power technology has played a significant role in power production during the last decade. It is currently booming and it has become one of the fastest growing markets in the world today. Wind power provides clean and cheap opportunities for future power generation and many countries around the world have fostered ambitious goals for wind power development. Wind power technology has become mature, and can now be considered as a valuable supplement to conventional energy sources. The fuel is free, but its variability poses challenges to wind power’s continued growth and effective integration into the power grid. A large-scale introduction of wind power causes a number of challenges for the electricity market and power system operators who need to deal with the variability and uncertainty in wind power generation when making their scheduling and dispatch decisions. There are many different types of renewable energy resources; they can be categorised into two major categories, dispatchable and non-dispatchable. Hydroelectric, geothermal and biomass are dispatchable resources, whereas solar, tidal waves and wind are examples of non-dispatchable resources. The major difference between the two categories is the controllability of the electric power produced. The advantage of renewable energy resources is that they have low or no emissions of carbon which makes them more environmentally friendly. However, the energy of dispatchable resources can be
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