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Wind farms

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  • 1. G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur Department of Mechanical Engineering (An autonomous Institute under UGC act 1956 & affiliated to RTMNU, Nagpur) Self-study report presented by Abhishek Gawande Roll No. – 04 (A) Topic : “Wind Farms” Under the supervision of Dr D J Tidke
  • 2.  Introduction  Site Selection  Types of wind farms  Working  Parts of Wind Turbine  Wind Potential  Facts & Figures  Pros & Cons
  • 3. INTRODUCTION       A 'wind farm’ is a group of wind turbines in the same location used for production of electric power. Wind farms can take up a lot of land, but most of the land can still be used for other things at the same time, such as farming or to graze animals. A large wind farm may consist of a few dozen to several hundred individual wind turbines, and cover an extended area of hundreds of square miles (square kilo-meters). Individual turbines are interconnected with a medium voltage (usually 34.5 kV) power collection system and communications network. At a substation, this medium-voltage electrical current is increased in voltage with a transformer for connection to the high voltage transmission system The electricity from a wind farm goes to the electric company’s power lines, which carry it to our homes and businesses.
  • 4. How Winds are Generated??  The wind is a by-product of solar energy. Approximately 2% of the sun's energy reaching the earth is converted into wind energy.  The surface of the earth heats and cools unevenly, creating atmospheric pressure zones that make air flow from high-to low-pressure areas.
  • 5. Essential requirements for setting up a wind farm The essential requirements for establishment of a wind farm for optimal exploitation of the wind are • High wind resource at particular site. • Adequate land availability. • Suitable terrain and good soil condition. • Proper approach to site. •Suitable power grid nearby.
  • 6. Types of Wind Farms Off-shore On-shore
  • 7.  Onshore • Onshore turbine installations in hilly or mountainous regions tend to be on ridgelines generally three kilo-meters or more inland from the nearest shoreline. This is done to exploit the so called topographic acceleration as the wind accelerates over a ridge. • Onshore wind power has an impact on the environment chiefly in form of noise pollution, visual pollution and harm to birds.  Off-Shore • Offshore wind development zones are generally considered to be ten kilo-meters or more from land. • Offshore wind turbines are less obtrusive than turbines on land, as their apparent size and noise is mitigated by distance. • Offshore installation is more expensive than onshore but this depends on the attributes of the site.
  • 8. Wind Turbine Components
  • 9. Parts Of Wind Turbine
  • 10. Classification of Wind Turbines  There are two main types of wind turbines used : A) Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine B) Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
  • 11. Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine HAWT :  Has rotor shaft and electrical generators at the top of the tower. Small Turbines use wind vane to point to the wind direction  Contains gearbox to convert the slow wind speed to quicker rotation to drive the generator  Three bladed turbines are mainly used. The most important reason is the stability of the turbine
  • 12. Advantage and Disadvantage (HAWT)  Has high Efficiency than VAWT (vertical axis wind turbine) as blades are perpendicular to the air flow thus receives maximum wind power and due to its height it receives full speed of the air (as for every rise of 10 meters the air speed increases by 34%)
  • 13. Vertical Axis Wind Turbine VAWT : • The rotor is arranged vertically . • The wind turbines are difficult to mount over the top and hence they are placed near the base.
  • 14. Advantage and Disadvantage of VAWT  They have low start up speeds like 10 km/hr and they can easily be used where taller structures are prohibited Due to low height its easy to transport and cost reduces It produces less power as they are mounted near the base so they cannot get the full speed of wind and near the base the air gets turbulent due to presence of various objects and hence its efficiency is less than HAWT Parts are placed under the structures and hence maintenance is difficult
  • 15. Calculation of Wind Power •Power in the = ½ρAV Power in the Wind wind 3 – swept area, A – wind speed, V – air density, Swept Area: A = πR2 Area of the circle swept by the rotor (m2). R
  • 16. •Variability is a major problem associated with wind power. •If the wind is too weak, very little power is generated. •But, if its too strong, the large forces exerted may cause structural damage, so many turbines shut down in high winds.
  • 17. Facts & Figures •Total worldwide installed capacity of wind turbines in 2008: 121 gigawatts .This represents about 1% of total power generation from all sources. •Country with highest wind energy use: US with 29 gigawatts •States with largest wind turbine generating capacity: Texas (8.4 gigawatts), Iowa (3.0 gigawatts), and California (2.8 gigawatts) account for almost one half of the US total wind capacity. •World’s largest wind turbine: Enercon E-126 generates 6 MW (1 MW= 1 million watts), with a rotor diameter of over 400 ft. •World’s largest windfarm: Horse Hollow Energy Center, spread over 47,000 acres in Nolan and Tayler counties in Texas , has 421 wind turbines generating 735 MW of electricity.
  • 18. Wind Farm Output across the World
  • 19. Wind Potential In India  The development of wind power in India began in the 1990s, and has significantly increased in the last few years.  India has the fifth position in the generation of wind electric generation.  The total estimated wind power potential in India is about 45195MW.  Wind power accounts for 6% of India's total installed power capacity, and it generates 1.6% of the country's power.
  • 20. Pros & Cons       Pros Renewable Environment friendly Safe Inexhaustible Inexpensive Low Operation & maintenance costs. Cons  Wind speed variable and unreliable  Wind turbines produce large amounts of noise pollution  Dangerous for birds
  • 21. REFERENCES •http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_farm •http://science.howstuffworks.com/environment al/green-science/wind-power7.htm •http://www.thewindpower.net/ •http://www.suzlon.com/ •http://www.indianwindpower.com/ •http://www.inwea.org/
  • 22. THANK YOU!

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