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Smart-Grid BaseLoad AWE- Experimental Design

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  • dave santos
    Many researchers conjecture that windpower can approach baseload availability if spread out over a large enough regional grid. In AWE, Cristina Archer has
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 7, 2012
      Many researchers conjecture that windpower can approach baseload availability if spread out over a large enough regional grid. In AWE, Cristina Archer has stood out in calculating the basic possibility for upper-wind. Based on good data and simple calculations, there is no doubt the concept is valid, but the operational details of an "AWE-driven Civilization" are unexplored. What would constitute a good initial experimental design?
       
      Texas is one large grid, with diverse wind-regions. A small network of far-flung AWE pilot sites could coordinate to deliver a constant net-metered input to the Texas grid. As the wind shifts across the map, each station seeing wind could generate the optimal amount to produce an aggregate constant outout to the grid- Baseload Power. Even one kilowatt would be enough for a scale-prototype AWE network. Follow-on experiments could test against simulated variable and peak-loads, since AWE base-load capacity is elastic.
       
      It will be fun working out the synchronized modulation of the stations. Typically one station will report falling output due to a lull, and another station extra capacity would then  ramp up in porportion. The game would be how closely base-load can be maintained at how high a capacity-factor by kite moduation alone. We will begin to see an emergent meta-machine in regionally integrated AWE, powerful enough to displace nuke and fossil-fuel dependence.
       
      Operational details depend greatly on kite powering/depowering, rated wind range, and altitudes available. A lot will be learned by directly preforming such experiments. KiteLab Austin is actively planning such work, reaching out to partners like EU players, Austin Energy (number one US wind buyer percapita), and smart-grid incubators like Pecan Street. Perhaps 2013 will see early experiments around the world in networked AWE.
       
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