Wind-Powered Electric Utility Plants

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T. S. Jayadev

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisc.

R. T. Smith

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas

J. Eng. Ind 98(1), 293-296 (Feb 01, 1976) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438835 History: Received July 29, 1975; Online July 15, 2010


This paper describes the general operating modes of wind-powered electric utility plants under constant-speed or variable speed classifications. It is shown that for a particular set of wind frequency–velocity spectra there are a number of attractive system configurations, so far as total yearly energy production is concerned. Thus, detailed cost effectiveness studies and additional research will be required to develop practical wind electric conversion systems (WECS).

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