Evaluation of wind power output intermittency through a simulation method
Amir Jalalian-Khakshour  1@  
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College of Engineering, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP -  United Kingdom

There is a global effort to promote the usage of renewable energy sources such as wind energy to tackle the ever growing threat of climate change. One of the emerging novel wind turbine technologies are the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) systems.

One of the issues linked to wind energy is the intermittent power output as a result of wind variations at different timescales. One of the major recent research areas in overcoming wind energy intermittency is the use of energy storage technologies to provide an uninterrupted power output. The key to selecting an energy storage technology will to understand the temporal dynamics of the power output. An evaluation of the response to different wind conditions could lead to insights into what system topologies could be used to overcome the issues associated with wind energy intermittency.

In this study a non-linear dynamic wind turbine model of a novel VAWT design is created to evaluate the wind power outputs at multi-resolution time-scales. The effect that fluctuating wind patterns and the system topology will have on intermittency is of key interest in the study. A model verification procedure will be carried out and then the system response in a number of wind conditions will be evaluated. A key outcome will to understand the effect of changing particular parameters on power output fluctuations, and any associated advantages with a VAWT compared to a traditional horizontal axis wind turbine will be identified. 

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