Combined Cycle Plants as Support for Wind Power

N. Afonso Moreira
CITAB – Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal

A. Borges
CITAB – Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal

A. Machado
Sonorgás – Departamento de I&D, Vila Real, Portugal

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp110574209

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:21, s. 4209-4216

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


The growing interest in diversifying the energy sources used; the major environmental objectives established; and the need to reduce the current European energy dependence; have been causing a growing and significant increase in betting on renewable energy sources. Thus recent years have witnessed a continuous increase of installed power from sources like solar; biomass; photovoltaic; wind; Biofuels; biogas among other.

The integration of renewable energy is mainly in the production of electrical power; in which has already a significant contribution. In the group of renewable energy sources used for the production of electrical power wind is the source that has registered further progress; and is also expected; that represents in the future; large part of the electric energy produced by renewable energy sources.

Although the wind helps to meet many of the problems; it’s also presents some disadvantages; or constraints. Among the best-known disadvantages associated with wind; as noise and visual impact; stands out as the major technical problems the flashing of its production. The inability to predict the production of wind; leads to problems in securing demand; as well as in network integrity.

In this scenario the Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) stands out as a great complement to wind power. Their ability to quickly put into operation; as well as the advantages that technology and fuel used presents; makes it the optimal solution to integrate with the wind energy.


Combined cycle plants; wind power


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