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A Remote Area Power Supply Using Wind Power and Cold Thermal Storage

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Kenneth C. Brown

University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Paper No. FEDSM2002-31249, pp. 1023-1029; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Division Conference
  • Volume 2: Symposia and General Papers, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3616-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3600-2
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


A remote area power supply using cold thermal storage and wind as the energy source is proposed. The primary objective is to provide a renewable energy remote area power supply with cheaper and more robust storage than lead-acid batteries. The proposal amalgamates a vapour compression refrigeration system with a Rankine cycle engine, both using the same working fluid. A tank of freezing brine acts as the condenser in the Rankine cycle and as the evaporator in the refrigeration cycle but also provides the “energy storage”. Analysis of the system indicates that it is practical and that its performance is comparable with existing battery based systems.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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