Faculty Advisor

Lauer, Hugh C

Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Abstract

Many utilities would like to increase the percentage of renewable energy within their power portfolios. This study focused on how that might be achieved with wind power and in particular the problem of variability. Recent articles have suggested that aggregating the output of multiple wind farms could smooth the output and lower the variability. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of aggregating wind farms in the New England region. We analyzed three years of output from a diverse group of wind farms and found that smoothing does occur in aggregation to some degree. Furthermore, the analysis showed that New England utilities can increase the percentage of wind power within their portfolios without increasing their exposure to variability.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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