Wind Turbine Energy Storage Options Will Be Popular Topic at EWEA 2012


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By 2015, the number of new worldwide wind turbine installations is predicted to reach 118,000. However, the global adoption of wind power is challenged by the lack of consistent, reliable energy storage systems for this natural resource. For the wind market to experience significant growth, manufacturers must implement dependable energy storage technologies. Industry leaders are showing their support for this form of alternative energy by attending the wind energy conference EWEA 2012 this week.

Sheree Baker, the product manager at Ioxus distributor APC UK, will present during the conference’s storage session. She’ll focus on the need for dependable energy storage systems in wind applications. In the event of extreme weather, wind turbines that use batteries for energy storage are at risk of power failure. When exposed to extreme temperatures, batteries perform poorly and their life expectancy is greatly reduced. In situations of high peak power, a battery’s performance is also negatively affected.  It is necessary for manufacturers of wind applications to replace battery-driven storage systems with energy storage technologies that perform properly regardless of environmental conditions.

When manufacturers implement ultracapacitors instead of batteries, the benefits are significant. Implementing ultracapacitors in wind applications allows for high energy density to be stored in a small package, which reduces the system size significantly. Unlike batteries, ultracapacitors can withstand a wide range of temperatures, making them more reliable. By switching to ultracapacitors, wind turbine manufacturers don’t have to frequently replace batteries, saving time and money. Ultracapacitors decrease maintenance requirements and reduce cost in the wind turbine market.

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