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Title: Wind farm production cost: Optimum turbine size and farm capacity in the actual market

Several studies are undertaken in R&D Division of EDF in collaboration with ERASME association in order to have a good knowledge of the wind energy production costs. These studies are performed in the framework of a wind energy monitoring project and concern the influence of a few parameters like wind farm capacity, turbine size and wind speed on production costs, through an analysis of the actual market trend. Some 50 manufacturers and 140 different kind of wind turbines are considered for this study. The minimum production cost is situated at 800/900 kW wind turbine rated power. This point will probably move to more important powers in the future. This study is valid only for average conditions and some special parameters like particular climate conditions or lack of infrastructure for a special site the could modify the results shown on the curves. The variety of wind turbines (rated power as a function of rotor diameter, height and specific rated power) in the actual market is analyzed. A brief analysis of the market trend is also performed. 7 refs., 7 figs.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Electricite de France, Chatou (France)
  2. Espace de Recherche, Ajaccio (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
447501
Report Number(s):
CONF-960630--
ON: DE97002833; TRN: 97:001056-0066
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Windpower `96: American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) conference, Denver, CO (United States), 23-27 Jun 1996; Other Information: PBD: [1996]; Related Information: Is Part Of Windpower `96 - Proceedings of the American Wind Energy Association; PB: 682 p.
Research Org:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States); National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
17 WIND ENERGY; WIND POWER; COST; WIND POWER PLANTS; CAPACITY; OPTIMIZATION; WIND TURBINES