E3S Web Conf.
Volume 112, 20198th International Conference on Thermal Equipment, Renewable Energy and Rural Development (TE-RE-RD 2019)
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Published online||20 August 2019|
Compressed Air Energy Storage Installation for Renewable Energy Generation
Romanian Research and Development Institute for Gas Turbines COMOTI, 061126 Bucharest, Romania
2 ICPE, Energy Centre, 030138 Bucharest, Romania
Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) installations are used for storing electrical power, under the form of potential energy from compressed air. The heat generated during compression can be stored to improve the efficiency of compression-expansion cycle. The solution presented consists of a 100 kW screw compressor driven by a 110 kW asynchronous three-phase motor. The compressor supplies air into vessels which store it until a high electrical energy demand arises. At that time, the compressed air is released into a 132 kW screw expander whose shaft spins a 132 kW asynchronous generator, producing electric power and supplying it into the electrical grid. Before expansion, the air must be preheated in order to avoid the freezing of expansion equipment. If the heat generated during compression is used for air preheating before expansion, the process is adiabatic. A demonstrative model of the installation is currently being developed, with the expander part being completed so far. The maximum power to be produced was calculated to be around 100 kW. During expander commissioning tests with air supply from a 250 kW high pressure compressor, a maximum generated power of 49.7 kW was attained, expected to be higher when releasing air from the reservoirs.
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