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Design and Implementation of a 10 kW Wind Power and Instrumentation System

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Projects in Alternative Energy: Wind and Solar

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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25.390.1 - 25.390.12



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Reg Recayi Pecen University of Northern Iowa Orcid 16x16

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Reg Recayi Pecen holds a B.S in E.E. and a M.S. in controls and computer engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, an M.S. in E.E. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW, 1997). He has served as Graduate Assistant and faculty at UW and South Dakota State University. He is currently a professor and Program Coordinator of Electrical Engineering Technology program at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also serving as a graduate program coordinator at the Department of Technology. He serves on UNI Energy and Environment Council, CNS Diversity Committee, University Diversity Advisory Board, and Graduate College Diversity Task Force Committees. His research interests, grants, and publications are in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and member of ASEE, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, and ATMAE. Pecen was recognized as an Honored Teacher/Researcher in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” in 2004-2009. Pecen is a recipient of 2010 Diversity Matters Award at the University of Northern Iowa for his efforts on promoting diversity and international education at UNI. He is also a recipient of 2011 UNI C.A.R.E Sustainability Award for the recognition of applied research and development of renewable energy applications at UNI and Iowa in general. He was recognized as an Advisor of the Year Award nominee among eight other UNI faculty members in 2010-2011 academic year Leadership Award Ceremony. Pecen received a Milestone Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students at UNI, and recognition from UNI Graduate College for acknowledging the milestone that has been achieved in successfully chairing 10 or more graduate student culminating projects, theses, or dissertations, in 2011 and 2005. He was also nominated for 2004 UNI Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, March 2004, and nominated for 2006, and 2007 Russ Nielson Service Awards, UNI. Pecen is an Engineering Technology Editor of American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR). He has been serving as a reviewer on the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing since 2001. Pecen has served on ASEE Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in Annual ASEE Conferences as a paper reviewer, session moderator, and co-moderator since 2002. He is currently serving as a Chair-elect on American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Energy Conversion and Conservation Division. He served as a Program Chair on ASEE ECCD in 2010. He is also serving on advisory boards of International Sustainable World Project Olympiad ( and International Hydrogen Energy Congress. Pecen received a certificate of appreciation from IEEE Power Electronics Society President Dr. Boroyevich in recognition of valuable contributions to the IEEE Power Electronics Society Solar Splash as 2011 Event Coordinator. Pecen is a board member of Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development ( and also representing UNI at Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Pecen has been teaching Building Operator Certificate (BOC) workshops for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) since 2007 at Web:;

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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Bekir Z. Yuksek University of Northern Iowa


Ulan Dakeev University of Northern Iowa

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Ulan Dakeev received a master's degree in summer 2011 and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Northern Iowa. Research interests include renewable energy, wind energy, wind turbines, solar panels, solar energy, and management of renewable energy.

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Kenan Baltaci University of Northern Iowa

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Kenan Baltaci is a doctoral student of industrial technology at University of Northern Iowa. He received B.S. in electrical engineering degree from Istanbul Technical
University in Turkey. Following, a master's degree in industrial technology was granted from University of Northern Iowa. Baltaci is currently a doctoral student at University of Northern Iowa and working on hybrid vehicle systems as a research area.

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Design and Implementation of a 12 kW Wind-Solar Distributed Power and Instrumentation System Education and training of workforce of _______ in renewable energy applications havebecome a significant factor in the United States. Although qualified technicians with AASdegrees in electromechanical and wind technology areas may address the wind industry’sworkforce needs in the short term, having a skilled technical workforce with a BS degree in EETwith an emphasis on advanced wind power projects such as variable wind speed and frequencyissues, turbine generator testing, troubleshooting, data acquisition, monitoring, and contemporarysubjects on grid-tie technologies, together with knowledge on liberal arts courses will fosterbetter educated and efficient citizens who can help advance the wind power development. A number of students, technicians, and faculty members at the University of __________established a 1.5kW grid connected wind-solar hybrid power station on campus in 2002. Thissystem has been used for teaching and research purposes besides the green power generation oncampus. There has been an increase on number of students and interest to renewable energysystems and related projects. This increase brought a demand to increase capacity and size of thewind-solar energy system and laboratory activities on renewable energy technology. Moreoverthe university administration has been supporting renewable energy projects on campus sincethis very first system was established. Thanks to a grant of $90,000 from the state energy officeand a partial sponsorship from a DEED grant through a local energy utility company in 2010-2011, the capacity of existing solar-wind hybrid power system was enhanced to 12kW system bystudents and faculty of multidisciplinary majors in the department of________________. Thiswork was supported by the State of _________and University administration as part ofrenewable energy promotion in the state and university community. Recently a 12kW solar-windhybrid power station was established to enhance university’s sustainability efforts. The integration of wireless sensors and LabViewTM based monitoring instrumentationsystem has been accomplished by the students and staff at the university. This system iscurrently used to generate renewable energy for the campus while it serves as a testbed for theBS in EET curriculum. The system also serves as an educational and research demonstration foroutreach activities, and STEM education. Local farmers particularly showed interest to learn andestablished similar systems on their properties. Also a real-time data is available online of thesystem for the research and teaching purposes. The outcomes of this educational project arelisted as follows: a) benefits on power and economy; b) environmental benefits; c) educationaland community outreach; d) applied research; e) a real-life renewable energy testbed forengineering technology undergraduate and graduate students. This project is one of the campus-wide efforts to promote energy conservation and use ofclean energy resources. All the steps, from design to implementation of the system, cost,equipment and tools used, and student outcomes worked in the project will be reported in detailin the paper. Submitted to the ASEE 2012 Conference and Exposition for the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division (ECCD) to be peer reviewed. October 7, 2011

Pecen, R. R., & Yildiz, F., & Yuksek, B. Z., & Dakeev, U., & Baltaci, K. (2012, June), Design and Implementation of a 10 kW Wind Power and Instrumentation System Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21148

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