Video and write-up about a recent test session of the Uprise Energy Mobile Power Station
When reviewing electrical power options for remote (often times off-grid) regions, there are three primary options one would likely consider: Solar Power, a Diesel Powered Generator or a Wind Turbine. Comparing these three is interesting, but not always equivalent.
Electrical energy provides great benefits to those who are connected to a grid. For the billions who are not connected to a grid, the solution is local or portable power generators. Virtually millions of small communities, remote and isolated, need small or medium generators. Fuel powered generators are high in cost per kWhr, fuel supply is risky and unreliable. The solution is generating electricity renewably, where it is needed.
Rated output, also known as Nameplate rating, is determined by the wind turbine manufacturer, based on their chosen wind speed. The rated output can be a high number or a low number, depending on the wind regime chosen for performance calculations. In its current state, there is no unified approach to wind turbine ratings, making the process capricious.
The problems encountered in generating electricity from the wind and delivering the electricity to a user are numerous. This post will address the essential element of this industry, converting the kinetic energy in wind into electricity.
The area under the wind curve is critical to understanding the importance of wind machines and their ability to capture a reasonable percent of that energy.