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Type: Journal article
Title: Techno-economic assessment of the application of small-scale wind turbines
Author: Kurji, R.
Arjomandi, M.
Citation: International Journal of Sustainable Energy, 2012; 2012(6):1-12
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1478-6451
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Rahim Kurji and Maziar Arjomandi
Abstract: In the present work, a tool is proposed for the evaluation of micro-wind turbine performances in the Australian cities. The power curves provided by the manufacturers were combined with the two-parameter Weibull function representative of the local wind conditions. Calculations demonstrate that when taking into account the only wind speed magnitude, the horizontal axis micro-wind turbines have greater capacity factors than the vertical axis micro-wind turbines for similar wind conditions. Turbine capacities were then mapped over a wide range of wind conditions assuming the wind distribution characterised by Weibull parameters. By considering the market price of electricity, the income of a power source can be evaluated. The critical wind-condition boundary needed to provide a beneficial active micro-wind turbine was determined for one horizontal axis micro-wind turbine using a hypothetical income map.
Keywords: Capacity factor
weibull function
micro wind turbines
economic feasibility
Rights: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/14786451.2012.748765
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