Exergy and Energy Analysis of Wind-Thermal System

Nima Norouzi


Current wind systems are intermittent and cannot be used as the baseload energy source. The research on the concept of wind power using direct thermal energy conversion and thermal energy storage, called wind powered Thermal Energy System (WTES), opened the door to a new energy system called Wind-thermal, which is a strategy for developing baseload wind power systems. The thermal energy is generated from the rotating energy directly at the top of the tower by the heat generator, which is a simple and light electric brake. The rest of the system is the same as the tower type concentrated solar power (CSP). This paper’s results suggest that the energy and exergy performance of the WTES (62.5% and 29.8%) is comparable to that of conventional wind power, which must be supported by the backup thermal plants and grid enhancement. This cogeneration nature of the WTES system makes this system suitable for using wind power as a direct heat source in several heat-demanding processes such as chemical production. Also, the light heat generator reduces some issues of wind power, such as noise and vibration, which are two main bottlenecks of the wind power technology.

Citation: Norouzi, N. (2021). Exergy and Energy Analysis of Wind-Thermal System. Trends in Renewable Energy, 7(1), 73-86. DOI: 10.17737/tre.2021.7.1.00131


ORC cycle; Wind turbine; Energy analysis; Wind Thermal; Exergy analysis

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