National Renewable Energy Laboratory releases wind power efficiency report
‘Active power control’ of wind turbines can improve power grid reliability, study shows.
The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL, along with partners from the Electric Power Research Institute and the University of Colorado collaborated on the comprehensive study. The primary aim was to gain an understanding of how wind power technology can assist the power grid by controlling the ‘active power output’ being placed onto the system. The rest of the power system’s resources have traditionally been adjusted around wind to support a reliable and efficient system. The research that led to this report challenges that concept.