Thursday 16. January 2014

Optimization and Profitability of Hydro Power with Wind Power

In this week´s Lunch Lecture Egill Skúlason will discuss paralell use of wind and hydro power. Egill earned his MS degree from the Iceland School of Energy of the University of Reykjavik in 2012 and his talked is based on the research he undertook for his thesis. His findings show that paralell use of wind and hydro power could have positive synergistic effects, 0 wind speeds being higher during winter, while there is more water runoff during summer. Also, water can be stored in reservoirs while running wind turbines instead of hydro power plants.

In this study a location named Þröskuldar was chosen for wind turbines because of its reputation of being a windy area, but also relatively close to power lines. The wind power harnessesd here is intended for paralell use with a proposed expansion of the hydro power plant at Mjólká in the Westfjords A computational model was built to simulate and then optimize the operation of the power plants.

Egill graduated with a BSc degree from the University of Akureyri in 2012, and is now graduating with a MS degree.

Lunch Lecture begins at 12:10 in the University Centre cafeteria. The talk will be in Icelandic.