Posted February 09, 2019 04:11:53A wind farm in California could provide cooling for the arctic and provide the electricity that helps power an expanding geothermal industry, according to a new study from the University of California, Davis.
The research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, looked at the potential of the San Lorenzo Wind Farm in Northern California to produce energy that could be piped into the arid North American region.
The study found that a small wind farm on the California coast could provide enough energy to power the entire North American grid for about six weeks.
The wind farm would generate energy from wind and solar sources and use the energy to heat buildings, the study authors wrote.
This could help provide electricity to cities and communities in the arids of the North American Northwest, said study co-author Daniel Varela, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis.
Varela is part of a team working to build a geothermal power station in Southern California, and has worked on several other projects in recent years.
The work involved studying the energy production potential of a single wind farm, Varena said.
The first study was published in March 2017 in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Geothermal Energy.
“It’s a pretty significant energy investment, and it’s very cool because it can potentially provide electricity for a region that is very hot right now,” Varel said.
“It could also supply electricity to the entire region and provide heat for homes and businesses.
It would be a very big deal.”
Varel and his colleagues analyzed data from the San Loro wind farm that was constructed in 2019.
It has an estimated power generation capacity of 20 megawatts and is located in Northern Los Angeles County.
The San Lorenzo wind farm has been operating since 2020.
The new study, conducted by researchers at the University, California, Berkeley, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was conducted on the first day of the operation.
The team collected data from a total of more than 40 different locations.
It found that the turbines generated electricity on average about every 24 hours, with the average wind speed measured at about 8 mph.
Varying wind speeds were observed in different locations on the wind farm.
At the wind turbines located at the western end of the wind field, the wind speed ranged from 6 mph to 18 mph.
At sites located east of the western wind field near the San Luis Valley, wind speeds ranged from 7 mph to 19 mph.
Varelas said the highest wind speed was observed in a remote area of the project, where the average speed was 6 mph.
“There was no variability, and that was a pretty good result,” Varesla said.
The team found that geothermal energy was generated more frequently on sites located on the west end of wind farm than on other locations.
This is because the geothermal heat is stored in a thermal reservoir, Vareslas said.
These reservoirs have a higher temperature and are usually located close to the geysers, Varenas said.
Varenases study also looked at geothermal emissions from the wind turbine, and found that they increased with the wind speeds.
Varesas team found a peak emission of approximately 9.6 gigawatts in the eastern wind field.
In addition to providing energy, the geodesic air conditioning unit in the wind farms turbines would also provide cooling.
The cooling unit is used in many types of cooling systems, including residential and commercial buildings, Varies said.
“We’re using this type of system to provide energy for the area and to provide heat in the winter,” Varenos said.
Varenas’ study is one of the first of its kind in the world.
He said the research team is working with other organizations to create an initial model to better understand the geospatial relationships of geothermal plants.
Vares said the wind project is one that could generate significant economic benefits for the region.
In the future, the project could generate enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes.
“The geothermal sector is a very important part of our economy in Southern Caliornia,” Varianas said, “and we think this study is really important because it is going to be the start of a conversation about the economics of geophysics and the economic impact of this energy resource.”
The San Loromas wind farm is part to the California Energy Commission’s Wind Turbine Partnership.
The California Energy Department provides financing for projects such as the San Bernardino Wind Farm and the Monterey Wind Farm.