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Wind Diesel project at Coral Bay in Western Australia

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  • will.galton
    Hello everyone. I thought this information would be of interest to you all. Enjoy. Will Galton Powercorp announces the first use of its world leading
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 21, 2007
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      Hello everyone. I thought this information would be of interest to
      you all. Enjoy.

      Will Galton


      Powercorp announces the first use of its world leading Powerstore
      technology on a wind/diesel grid in Australia.

      The project at Coral Bay in Western Australia will see the
      installation of three cyclone proof 275kW Vergnet wind turbines, a
      500kVA Powerstore unit and a diesel power station consisting of
      eight 320kVA Low Load Diesels.

      Powercorp is supplying the Powerstore unit, the eight 320kVA low
      load diesel units, the power station switchboard and the control
      system to run this complex project. The balance of power station
      plant including the wind farm is being installed by Verve Energy,
      who will own and run the facility.

      It is expected that this combination will supply over 50% of the
      energy for Coral Bay from the wind, significantly reducing the
      environmental affects from the power station. Commissioning is due
      in April 2007.

      Powercorp and Verve Energy have worked closely with Horizon Power to
      design a wind/diesel solution for Coral Bay that met the very tight
      reliability and quality of supply standards required. This involved
      aspects of modelling, re-design and algorithm development for the
      wind/diesel product.

      It also meant the use of specialised wind turbines from Vergnet,
      which are lightweight two-bladed downwind machines suitable for
      cyclone prone areas such as Coral Bay. Being light, induction type
      turbines with incredibly fast rotor responses the Powerstore unit is
      required to ensure system stability at the very high penetrations
      expected on this system, including days on end with over 95% wind.

      Powercorp and Verve Energy have worked closely over many years to
      develop world leading wind/diesel technology, having completed
      projects at Denham, Hopetoun, Esperance, Bremer Bay and Rottnest
      Island together using inverter coupled turbines. Most of these
      systems have benefited from the use of Low Load Diesels, a product
      developed by Powercorp and marketed by Diesel & Wind Systems.

      The Coral Bay project will see the fourth commercially installed
      PowerStore worldwide and the second in Australia. The first
      PowerStore installed in Australia was at the BHP Billiton owned
      Leinster Nickel Operation, where it is operating in peak lopping
      mode.
    • Baring-Gould, Ian
      Hello everybody... With almost 4 years passing since the last Wind/Diesel Workshop and the price of diesel fuel almost doubling, the wind diesel industry has
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 19, 2008
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        2008 International Wind Diesel Conference - notice and call for presentations

        Hello everybody

        With almost 4 years passing since the last Wind/Diesel Workshop and the price of diesel fuel almost doubling, the wind diesel industry has advanced in terms of technology, installed systems, and international interest.

        New systems have been installed from Alaska to the Galapagos Islands and several older sites have seen large expansions. The rising cost of diesel fuel and the maturing of the wind industry are continuing to spur the market forward, with projects being planned or implemented from Mongolia to Antarctica. As with all of the workshops in pervious years, this one will focus on what has worked and what has not, bringing the wind-diesel community together to share and discuss the current status of the technology and where we feel it should be going.

        We welcome you to attend the 2008 International Wind Diesel Workshop. Please come and join us at The Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska April 23rd to 25th 2008.

        More information about the workshop can be found at: http://www.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/windpoweringamerica/wind_diesel.asp

        If you are interested in submitting an abstract for presentation or a poster – please contact me directly. As in past years we do not call for papers although if people are interested we could try to gather several papers to submit to a periodical or journal for a wind/diesel focused issue.

        Best regards to all and hope to see at least some of you in Alaska

        E. Ian Baring-Gould

        Senior Mechanical Engineer

        National Wind Technology Center

        National Renewable Energy Laboratory - MS3811

        1617 Cole Blvd. Golden, Colorado 80401-3393 USA

        Phone: (+1) 303 384-7021 - Fax: (+1) 303 384-7097

        Cell: (+1) 202 294-2502

        Email: ian_baring-gould@...   www.nrel.gov

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