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The ZeroCO2 project involves the creation of a prototype electric power station that will operate with renewable sources and will have zero CO2 emissions. The prototype involves the erection of a wind turbine to generate electricity. Further, the prototype will comprise equipment such as electrolyzers, hydrogen storage, and fuel cells.
The electric energy out of this system will be clean, green, and regulated. Unlike the power output of conventional wind and solar systems whose output varies over time depending on the availability of wind or solar irradiation. This research and technology project will help to avoid problems associated with electricity generation from wind energy such as the intermittency of the wind, harmonics in the power system, and system stability problems.
The project is supported by a grant from Norway through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, the Planning Bureau of the Republic of Cyprus and the University of Cyprus.
|What is a wind turbine?A wind turbine transforms the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical or electrical energy. Wind turbines consist of a foundation, a tower, a nacelle and a rotor. The foundation prevents the turbine from falling over; it is usually 13m across and 1-2m deep. The tower holds up the rotor and a nacelle (or box). The nacelle contains large primary components such as the main axle, gearbox, generator, transformer and control system. The rotor is made of the blades and the hub, which holds them in position as they turn. Most commercial wind turbines have three rotor blades. The length of the blades may be more than 60 meters.
Source: European Wind Energy Association