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Wind Turbines for AutomobilesAbstractWe live in an era where mankind depends on automobiles more than ever before. As technologyimproves, so does the pace of life, resulting in a need to travel faster and more conveniently. Thedemand for vehicles such as cars, buses, trucks, trains etc. is constantly on the rise. As the humanpopulation has grown, the number of vehicles on the road has skyrocketed in the recent decades.It can only be imagined, the air pollution caused by burning so much of gasoline every year.Most automobiles in use today are propelled by gasoline or diesel, which are known to cause airpollution and are one of the factors contributing to climate change and global warming. Theincrease in the costs of gasoline, tightening environmental laws, and restrictions on greenhousegas emissions are propelling work on alternative power systems for automobiles. Efforts toimprove or replace existing technologies include the development of electric and hybridvehicles which do not release pollution into the air. The major limitation with these vehicles isthat they run on batteries which require large charging time while the vehicle remainsinoperative. This gives rise to the need of a system that can constantly charge the batteries, sothat the vehicle runs uninterrupted.Steps have been taken to curb the consumption of these fossil fuels and at the same time findingnew cleaner, greener ways to travel causing minimum damage to the environment. These stepsinclude (a) Improvement of vehicle technology by increasing performance of new cars andtrucks so that their average CO2 emissions are reduced. (b) Using alternative fuels and creatinginfrastructure to deliver them. (c) Educating the drivers so that they can reduce fuel consumptionand CO2 emissions. (d) Improve infrastructure to improve traffic flow and reducing wastefulcongestion (Plunkett, 2008).The next couple of years will bring a family of regular hybrids, plug- in hybrids, and batteryelectric vehicles to the market. Despite the merits of such vehicles, as for now, they are not thepreferred vehicles due to many limitations. One of the main limitations is that these vehicles runon electric batterie s which require frequent charging. Hence, these vehicles will not be able torun continuously for long distances. Another limitation is that these vehicles are comparativelymore expensive than their gasoline driven counterparts and hence not preferred by theconsumers.In order to overcome the limitations faced by electric/hybrid vehicles, wind turbine technologycan be introduced to the existing models. This technology may not only help in reducing thegasoline dependence but also make these the preferred vehicles of choice. This novel conceptwill make use of wind power to charge the batteries of these cars and thus make them more costeffectiveThe objective of this project is to fabricate and test a wind turbine design which could beemployed to generate electricity to charge the batteries of these electric and hybrid vehicles. Theidea behind the design is to use the renewable power of wind to create a battery charging system.A fabricated proto-type of the above mentioned design will be tested for its functionality andefficiency.
Tickoo, S. (2011, June), Wind Turbine for Automobiles Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18655
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