Scientists work to help electric utilities forecast and handle 'ramp events'

Wind energy is notoriously mercurial, with patterns shifting drastically over the course of years, days, even minutes. These changes make scheduling power much more difficult for utilities that rely on wind turbines to serve an increasing percentage of their power demands. Because wind power in some places is now as cheap as or cheaper than coal-fired power, future profits and challenges for the industry will be written on the wind and how well they can use it. So scientists are stepping in with new measurements and models that may help them manage their power more effectively. "Wind energy often has ramp events where energy increases or decreases by a large amount or in a short time. If there is an overload, there is excess energy on the grid," explained Chandrika Kamath, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Comments (0)

This post does not have any comments. Be the first to leave a comment below.

Post A Comment

You must be logged in before you can post a comment. Login now.

Featured Product

EagleView Technologies - 360° Views; CAD Delivered

EagleView Technologies - 360° Views; CAD Delivered

EagleView Technologies offers Pictometry® Intelligent Images® and analytical tools for 360° views of every property. After closing the sale, Solar Roof Reports deliver detailed measurements and CAD files for precise solar installation. Learn more at