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Advances in Wind Energy Technologies in the Context of Smart Grid

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3 Author(s)
Glinkowski, M. ; ABB Inc., Raleigh, NC, USA ; Hou, J. ; Rackliffe, G.

Advances in technology at all levels of the power system enable the integration of wind energy into the emerging smart grid efficiently and reliably. This synergy works both ways. A smart grid will allow connectivity of the wind turbines as intermittent sources of energy, and the advanced wind turbines with power electronics controls and other devices can support a grid with reactive power and protect the equipment during severe grid disturbances. Interconnection of large wind farms with the power grid using such technologies as high-voltage dc (HVDC) and SVC with Energy Storage can add a new degree of control to the power system, mitigate the intermittency of the wind energy production and the impact of electrical disturbances.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:99 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

June 2011

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