Wind Diesel project at Coral Bay in Western Australia
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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
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
2008 International Wind Diesel Conference - notice and call for presentations
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…
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