Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Energy Conversion and Conservation
In January 2017 an Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund (RDF) grant was received for this project through a block grant from the Minnesota State system. The project aims to improve the understanding of how placement affects the performance of small wind turbines. Specifically, placement of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) are being analyzed in relation to surrounding structures and each other. Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) offer advantages for small-scale electricity production particularly in regions not ideally suited to the more common horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs). However, current performance claims tend to be exaggerated and VAWT placement is largely decided based on the public relations impact. This limits the understanding of actual VAWT performance. An emphasis of this project is placed on producing data and analysis tools that can be easily applied by consumers and small businesses for proper placement.
This paper will review the different technical aspects of the project including lab based experiments, field experiments, and numerical studies. Current progress and results will be detailed. Additional focus will be placed on the interdisciplinary aspects and how undergraduate and graduate students have been integrated to accomplish the project goals. The students on the project each bring unique backgrounds and experiences. The research experience gained has allowed them to expand on the topics being covered in class and apply their unique talents.
Tebbe, P. A., & Yilmaz Wodzinski, N. A., & Lee, N. (2018, June), Improving Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) Performance Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30638
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