Wind Turbine

A 70-foot tall research wind turbine installed in January 2020 expands CAES’ research capabilities and the opportunities for collaboration on innovative energy systems, one of seven focus areas outlined in the CAES Strategy. The turbine is virtually connected to a microgrid at INL’s Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL) via grid inverters that allow ESL to emulate the wind turbine’s generation data. This adds wind to the solar and storage assets of ESL’s microgrid and contributes to INL’s participation in DOE’s Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL) program, which is designed to advance the design and operation of microgrids, or distributed energy systems powered primarily by wind, with the goal of boosting resilience, security, and flexibility of the systems.

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