Model of a regenerative fuel cell-supported wind turbine AC power generating system

Wolf Carter, University of Texas at El Paso


Wind is a renewable energy resource that is growing in importance as a means to address issues of air pollution, climate change, grid reliability, dependence on foreign oil, etc. However, wind power varies over time and there is less of it (on average) at sites around major load centers, which are challenges to the establishment of power generation facilities relying purely on the wind. Hybrid systems, such as wind turbine-fuel cell systems, have the potential to make possible further decentralization of electric power generation, thus easing the transmission/distribution system's bottlenecks while increasing its overall reliability and security without sacrificing the quality of power delivered to the customer. Furthermore, wind turbine-fuel cell systems can achieve these results without producing harmful emissions. This paper describes the development of a simulation model for small-scale, prototype wind turbine-fuel cell systems that will enable the further study and optimization of the performance, sizing, cost, etc., of such systems. ^

Subject Area

Engineering, Electronics and Electrical|Energy

Recommended Citation

Carter, Wolf, "Model of a regenerative fuel cell-supported wind turbine AC power generating system" (2004). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAIEP10529.