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Small-scale modular wind turbine
Author(s): Scott Bressers; Chris Vernier; Jess Regan; Stephen Chappell; Mark Hotze; Stephen Luhman; Dragan Avirovik; Shashank Priya
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Paper Abstract

This study reports the design, fabrication, and implementation of a horizontal-axis, small-scale modular wind turbine termed as "small-scale wind energy portable turbine (SWEPT)". Portability, efficient operation at low wind speeds, and cost-effectiveness were the primary goals of SWEPT. The fabrication and component design for SWEPT are provided along with the modifications that can provide improvement in performance. A comparative analysis is presented with the prototype reported in literature. The results show that current version of SWEPT leads to 150% increase in output power. It was found that SWEPT can generate 160 mW power at rated wind speed of 7 mph and 500mW power at wind speeds above 10 mph with a cut-in wind speed of 3.8 mph. Furthermore, the prototype was subjected to field testing in which the average output was measured to be 40 mW despite the average wind distribution being centered around 3 mph.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7643, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2010, 764333 (12 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847609
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Scott Bressers, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Chris Vernier, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Jess Regan, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Stephen Chappell, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Mark Hotze, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Stephen Luhman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Dragan Avirovik, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
Shashank Priya, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7643:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2010
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad, Editor(s)

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