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Increasing wind energy penetration level using pumped hydro storage in island micro-grid system

Sheikh Mominul Islam

Author Affiliations

Department of Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1B1V3, Canada

International Journal of Energy and Environmental Engineering 2012, 3:9  doi:10.1186/2251-6832-3-9

Published: 18 June 2012


Ramea is a small island in southern Newfoundland. Since 2004, it has a wind-diesel hybrid power system to provide power for approximately 600 inhabitants. In this paper, wind speed data, load data, and sizing of pumped hydro system at Ramea, Newfoundland are presented. The dynamic model of wind turbine, pumped hydro system, and diesel generator are included in this paper. The dynamic model is simulated in SIMULINK/MATLAB to determine the system voltage and frequency variation and also to visualize different power outputs. Sizing of pumped hydro system indicates that a 150-kW pumped hydro storage system can be installed in Ramea to increase the renewable energy fraction to 37% which will reduce non-renewable fuel consumption on this island. Also, it is found that a pumped hydro energy storage system for Ramea is a much better choice than a hydrogen energy storage system. Such a system will have a higher overall efficiency and could be maintained using local technical expertise, therefore, a more appropriate technology for Ramea.

HOMER; Hybrid; Electrolyzer; Pumped hydro