Development and Validation of the Wind Energy Calculator (WEC) for use as a module in the larger Complimentary Energy Decision Support Tool (CEDST) project

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Development and Validation of the Wind Energy Calculator (WEC) for use as a module in the larger Complimentary Energy Decision Support Tool (CEDST) project

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Heyst, Bill
dc.contributor.author Shaw, Stephanie
dc.date 2012-08-02
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-21T13:12:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-21T13:12:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3862
dc.description.abstract The Complimentary Energy Decision Support Tool (CEDST) was conceived to be a renewable energy calculator designed specifically for rural sites and agricultural operations in Ontario, though could easily assess urban sites as well, and equipped with the ability to compare the feasibility of different technologies. The Wind Energy Calculator (WEC) component of the CEDST project was the focus of this thesis and was developed since research revealed no current wind prediction tools that met CEDST needs. Verification of WEC predictions found prediction accuracy to have bounds of +/- 60% on actual turbine energy production and was equivalent to the actual generation for 21% of cases. The discrepancy could have resulted from unusual annual wind speeds, which had no significant impact on project economics when analysed. Many cases revealed that 10 kW turbines are not feasible projects under the Feed-in Tariff program and that turbines begin to become economical around 35 kW. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship University of Guelph, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Poultry Industry Council (PIC), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and Egg Farmers of Ontario en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Renewable Energy en_US
dc.subject Wind Energy en_US
dc.subject Renewable Energy Comparison en_US
dc.subject Wind Turbine en_US
dc.subject Complimentary Energy Decision Support Tool (CEDST) en_US
dc.subject Wind Energy Calculator (WEC) en_US
dc.subject Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Decision Support Tool en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Feed-in Tariff (FIT) en_US
dc.subject Wind Energy Predictions en_US
dc.title Development and Validation of the Wind Energy Calculator (WEC) for use as a module in the larger Complimentary Energy Decision Support Tool (CEDST) project en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Engineering en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Applied Science en_US
dc.degree.department School of Engineering en_US


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