capacity factor


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capacity factor

[kə′pas·əd·ē ‚fak·tər]
(industrial engineering)
The ratio of average actual use to the available capacity of an apparatus or industrial plant to store, process, treat, manufacture, or produce.
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Table 3: Estimated Annual Power Production and Capacity Factors at 80-m hub Height
A higher capacity factor of WPPs can however be achieved at a relatively minimum increased cost, if the following is done: Hybridization of WPPs with PV Solar and conventional plants is encouraged.
Improving capacity factors make renewables more attractive.
Wisconsin had the second highest average capacity factor by state, with two units reporting a weighted-average 74.
According to testimony in April before the state Public Utilities Commission, which is reviewing PSNH's five-year "Least Cost Integrated Resource Plan," average annual capacity factors for Merrimack and Schiller's coalfired units have declined dramatically since 2008.
So actual measured capacity factors at these speeds are 9% and 4% respectively.
For now let us use 30 percent, the same capacity factor used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and reexamine the claim of 1,200 homes.
According to a 1968 study by two ex-General Electric nuclear scientists, the fossil fuel inputs to the nuclear power cycle very nearly equal the energy derived, when you consider mining, refining, transport, building of the heavily shielded plant, waste disposal and other factors, including the capacity factor and relatively short life of the plant before it becomes too radioactive and brittle to use.
Capacity factor is measured as the total energy output during a specified time period divided by product of the period hours and the facility capacity expressed as a percent.
Improving but unstable operating performance: The below-budget capacity factor for the urea plant does not raise an immediate credit concern for debt payment in 2011.
Featuring the best-in-class capacity factor, the 2 MW-127 demonstrates the next step in turbine technology and efficiency.
8 Capacity Factor (d) 1957 Total NA 1960 Total NA 1965 Total NA 1970 Total NA 1975 Total 55.

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