Reducing Curtailment of Wind Energy

Reducing Curtailment of Wind Energy

Wind power generation is characterized by its anti-peak nature due to day/night changes of natural wind. At night when wind is stronger, the amount of wind power integrated into the power grid is larger though energy demands at that time is at low points. The peak load of power grid is now dominantly regulated by thermal power generating units with high coal consumption, indicating a low load tracing capacity. This is especially true during the winter months in the north when heating units must be used for normal output, rather than helping in peak load regulations. And when the power generation scale is beyond the capacity of the power grid, the generating units in the wind farm must also be suspended.The curtailment of wind energy at night means an extensive waste of wind energy and great financial losses to the wind power companies, discouraging further investment in the wind energy.

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