Wind Energy Deployment in Isolated Islanded Power Systems: Challenges & Realities (Poster)

Research output: NRELPoster


Rising costs of fuels, energy surety, and the carbon impacts of diesel fuel are driving remote and islanded communities dependent on diesel power generation to look for alternatives. Over the past few years, interest in using wind energy to reduce diesel fuel consumption has increased dramatically, potentially providing economic, environmental, social, and security benefits to the energy supplyof isolated and islanded communities. However, the task of implementing such systems has remained elusive and subject to many cases of lower-than-expected performance. This poster describes the current status of integrating higher contribution wind technology into islanded power systems, the progress of recent initiatives implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy and Interior, and some of thelingering technical and commercial challenges. Operating experience from a number of power systems is described. The worldwide market for wind development in islanded communities (some of these supplying large domestic loads) provides a strong market niche for the wind industry, even in the midst of a slow global recovery.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2014 American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2014 Conference, 5 - 8 May 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5000-61253


  • hybrid systems
  • islanded systems
  • systems
  • wind energy
  • wind-diesel


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