Active Power Controls from Wind Power: Bridging the Gaps

Posted: January 20, 2014 - 19:21 / NREL / Reports

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and University of Colorado and collaboration from a large international industry stakeholder group, embarked on a comprehensive study to understand the ways in which wind power technology can assist the power system by providing control of its active power output being injected onto the grid. The study includes a number of different power system simulations, control simulations, and actual field tests using turbines at NREL’s National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The study sought to understand how wind power providing APC can benefit numerous parties by reducing total production costs, increasing wind power revenue streams, improving the reliability and security of the power system, and providing superior and efficient response, while limiting any structural and loading impacts that may shorten the life of the wind turbine or its components.