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Title: Wind-Powered Electrical Systems - Highway Rest Areas, Weigh Stations, and Team Section Buildings
Author(s): Chapman, Patrick; Wiczkowski, Piotr
Subject(s): energy, wind, renewable, power
Abstract: This project considered the use of wind for providing electrical power at Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) highway rest areas, weigh stations, and team section buildings. The goal of the project was to determine the extent to which wind power could offset electricity costs, provide a reasonable return on investment, offset energy use, and provide educational opportunities. The project gathered and analyzed the natural wind resources available at (or near) these facilities. These data were then used in conjunction with various wind turbines that are currently commercially available. The result of this analysis is an approximation to the windbased electrical energy potential of a given wind turbine at a given site. Thereafter, the monetary value of this electrical energy was computed and put in context of the cost of the wind turbine and associated overhead. In order to assess economic feasibility, the levelized cost of energy was then compared to current electricity rates for Illinois. This analysis showed that indeed there are some combinations of location and wind turbines that may produce electricity at a competitive rate. One of the most important factors in this analysis is the cost of wind turbines, which is generally unknown (but can be approximated) and depends on many factors. To account for this variability, the authors of this report have provided a spreadsheet containing all the data necessary to rapidly calculate the levelized cost of energy. The user of the spreadsheet need only enter some simple information, such as cost of the turbine and interest rates. The spreadsheet should enable procurement agents to rigorously compare the prices and returns for given locations and turbine manufacturers.
Issue Date: 2009-02
Publisher: Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT)
Series/Report: FHWA-ICT-09-034
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/13716
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Sponsor: ICT-R27-31
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-09-09
 

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