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Optimum number of wind turbines customer-side in the state of Kansas using HOMER

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dc.contributor.advisor Jewell, Ward T. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lim, Michelle en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-01T15:11:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-01T15:11:59Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07 en_US
dc.identifier.other t09043 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/2497
dc.description Thesis (M.S.)--Wichita State University, College of Engineering, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science en_US
dc.description.abstract This research primarily is in finding the optimum number of wind turbines in the state of Kansas customer-side. Three different areas, with different annual average wind speeds in Kansas were studied: South Kansas, Wichita and Topeka, with decreasing annual wind speeds respectively. Various other factors such as different customer load demands, implementation of carbon taxes and a range of power prices were part of the study. Research was simulated using HOMER program, which was developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. It was found that not only an increase in wind speed but size of load will increase the optimum number of wind turbines. The addition of carbon taxes prove very useful in determining the economic viability of having wind turbines in an optimal power system. A small study on the addition of battery storage in a wind system was confirmed to have no substantial effect on it. This thesis ultimately provides concrete values on the economic viability of having wind turbines in small energy systems. en_US
dc.format.extent xii, 56 p. en_US
dc.format.extent 1019649 bytes
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Wichita State University en_US
dc.title Optimum number of wind turbines customer-side in the state of Kansas using HOMER en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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