Developing a method to analyse the electricity cost of wind power

Zahedi, Ahmad (2014) Developing a method to analyse the electricity cost of wind power. In: Proceedings of the International Conference and Utility Exhibition on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, pp. 1-5. From: International Conference and Utility Exhibition on Green Energy for Sustainable Development, 19-21 March 2014, Pattaya, Thailand.

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In terms of costs of owning and operation, the wind power differs from conventional thermal power plant as the most of these costs are known in advance. Wind power is considered as capital-intensive technologies. Operation and maintenance costs of wind power are relatively low, when compared to thermal power plants, and of course the input fuel (wind energy) is free, meaning that fluctuating fuel costs have no impact on wind power generation costs. The objective of this paper is to present the results of a study conducted to identify and determine the cost components of electricity produced by a wind farm before the installation process. For estimation of wind power production cost, the characteristics of the site, where the wind farm is installed, and the power curve of wind turbine provided by manufacturer were used as well as the life cycle cost and time value of money were used. The study results show that the wind power production costs range from approximately 0.07-0.10 $/kWh at those sites with low average wind speeds, to approximately 0.05-0.07 $/kWh at windy coastal sites. This study focuses on the annualized life cycle cost and the production cost in $/kWh. This way of cost estimation allows us to make comparison between wind power-generated electricity cost and the electricity production cost of the other power generating technologies.

Item ID: 38557
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: electricity production cost; wind power; time value of money
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ISBN: 978-1-4799-2628-2
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2015 02:48
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl Solar Cells) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850509 Wind Energy @ 100%
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