Australian Wind Energy Futures

Marron, Jonathan (2004). Australian Wind Energy Futures Honours Thesis, School of Energy, The University of Queensland.

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Author Marron, Jonathan
Thesis Title Australian Wind Energy Futures
School, Centre or Institute School of Energy
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2004
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Hal Gurgenci
Total pages 122
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
Renewable energies are expected to reduce the load on conventional power plants and reduce global environmental concerns. Wind energy is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world and continues to receive criticism from sceptics. This thesis investigates both the small and large-scale wind energy potential in Australia.

The history of Wind Energy in Australia is presented along with an overview of the industries current status. To assess Australian potential the requirements of successful wind energy projects and Australian wind resources are discussed. Existing projects and potential regions for wind energy development are identified.

Technological maturity is an important aspect in the viability of wind energy. A literature review is presented on current technology detailing the concept of wind energy, wind turbine classification, size and capacity, and design considerations. Future technological improvements particularly with grid integration are identified. The current and future economic viability of wind energy is discussed.

Research and Development (R&D) is important to continue the advancement of technology and is relevant to building an Australian wind energy industry. A number of R&D issues are discussed.

The driver behind wind energy development in Australia is improving the environmental impact of the energy sector. The environmental impact of wind energy is discussed along with laws, government policies, public pressure, and technological and economic obstacles to deployment in Australia.

An assessment is made on the small scale and large-scale potential of wind energy in Australia based on the information presented in this thesis. The limits and implementation of this potential is discussed. Globally there is considerable R&D into offshore wind energy development however offshore applications are outside the scope of this thesis.
Keyword Australia
Wind Energy

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