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Title: Analysis of Ideal Towers for Tall Wind Applications

Abstract

Innovation in wind turbine tower design is of significant interest for future development of wind power plants. First, wind turbine towers account for a large portion of overall capital expenditures for wind power projects. Second, for low wind-resource regions of the world, the use of low-cost tall-tower technology has the potential to open new markets for development. This study investigates the relative potential of various tower configurations in terms of mass and cost. For different market applications and hub heights, idealized tall towers are designed and compared. The results show that innovation in wind turbine controls makes reaching higher hub heights with current technology economically viable. At the same time, new technologies hold promise for reducing tower costs as these technologies mature and hub heights reach twice the current average.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1433483
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5000-71326
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the 2018 Wind Energy Symposium at the AIAA SciTech Forum, 8-12 January 2018, Kissimmee, Florida
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING; tall towers; wind; optimization

Citation Formats

Dykes, Katherine L, Damiani, Rick R, Roberts, Joseph O, and Lantz, Eric J. Analysis of Ideal Towers for Tall Wind Applications. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2514/6.2018-0999.
Dykes, Katherine L, Damiani, Rick R, Roberts, Joseph O, & Lantz, Eric J. Analysis of Ideal Towers for Tall Wind Applications. United States. doi:10.2514/6.2018-0999.
Dykes, Katherine L, Damiani, Rick R, Roberts, Joseph O, and Lantz, Eric J. Fri . "Analysis of Ideal Towers for Tall Wind Applications". United States. doi:10.2514/6.2018-0999.
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author = {Dykes, Katherine L and Damiani, Rick R and Roberts, Joseph O and Lantz, Eric J},
abstractNote = {Innovation in wind turbine tower design is of significant interest for future development of wind power plants. First, wind turbine towers account for a large portion of overall capital expenditures for wind power projects. Second, for low wind-resource regions of the world, the use of low-cost tall-tower technology has the potential to open new markets for development. This study investigates the relative potential of various tower configurations in terms of mass and cost. For different market applications and hub heights, idealized tall towers are designed and compared. The results show that innovation in wind turbine controls makes reaching higher hub heights with current technology economically viable. At the same time, new technologies hold promise for reducing tower costs as these technologies mature and hub heights reach twice the current average.},
doi = {10.2514/6.2018-0999},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Jan 12 00:00:00 EST 2018},
month = {Fri Jan 12 00:00:00 EST 2018}
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