A new measure of wind power variability with implications for the optimal sizing of standalone wind power systems

Yuan, Q., Zhou, K. and Yao, J. (2020) A new measure of wind power variability with implications for the optimal sizing of standalone wind power systems. Renewable Energy, 150, pp. 538-549. (doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.12.121)

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Abstract

This paper proposes a new measure of wind power variability and investigates the impacts of wind power variability on the optimal sizing of Standalone Wind Power (SWP) systems. The proposed new measure of the wind power variability in the frequency domain, which mainly includes a cumulative energy distribution index and a fluctuation factor, is applied to assess the variability of wind power throughout 6 consecutive years from 6 far apart sites from latitude 0°–50° across America. Big data assessment results indicate the intermittent wind power at one site can be treated as Quasi-Time-Invariant (QTI) in the frequency domain. Big data simulations of the six SWP systems with the same residential load demand at the six sites provide QTI responses of the power supply reliability against the sizing of the system components in the mitigation of wind power variability. A case study of optimal sizing of a SWP system at Chicago, was carried out, which aims to minimize the system cost while satisfying the requirement of power supply reliability. It can be found from the study that, the proposed approach provides a new way to significantly reduce the computation in the optimal sizing of SWP systems.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The corresponding author acknowledges the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant Reference No.61673305.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yao, Dr Jing and Yuan, Qiheng and Zhou, Dr Keliang
Authors: Yuan, Q., Zhou, K., and Yao, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Renewable Energy
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0960-1481
ISSN (Online):1879-0682
Published Online:28 December 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Renewable Energy 150: 538-549
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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