This book provides the fundamental concepts required for the development of an efficient small-scale wind turbine. For centuries, engineers and scientists have used wind turbines of all shapes and sizes to harvest wind energy. Large-scale wind turbines have been successful at producing great amounts of power when deployed in sites with vast, open space, such as in fi elds or in offshore waters. For environments with limited space, such as dense urban environments, small-scale wind turbines are an attractive alternative for taking advantage of the ubiquity of wind. However, many of today’s tools for aerodynamic design and analysis were originally developed for large-scale turbines and do not scale down to these smaller devices. Arranged in a systematic and comprehensive manner, complete with supporting examples, Wind Energy Harvesting: Micro- To Small-Scale Turbines is a useful reference for undergraduate and graduate level classes on energy harvesting, sustainable energy, and fl uid dynamics, and an introduction to the field for non-technical readers.
About the Author
Shashank Priya, Ravi Anant Kishore, Colin Stewart, VA Tech, Blacksburg, USA.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Current State of Wind EnergyEnergy Policies for Wind Energy
2. Background on Wind Turbines Large vs. Small Scale Wind Turbines Need for Small Scale Wind Turbines Challenges with Small Scale Wind Turbine Design
3. Components of Small Scale Wind Turbine Rotor Drive Train Generator Auxiliary Components
4. Betz and Schmitz Law for Wind Power Prediction Betz Law Blade Losses Schmitz Law and Rotational Wake
5. Small Scale Wind Turbine Blade Design Blade Element Momentum Theory Development of Design Tool using BEM Theory Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Rotor design
6. Diffuser Augmented Small Scale Wind Turbine Need for Diffuser Augmented Small Scale Wind Turbine Flow inside the Diffuser Diffuser Design Optimization Pros and Cons
7. Application Areas of Small Scale Wind Turbines Bridge Health Monitoring System Carry-on Wind Mills Remote Applications
8. Non-Conventional Wind Energy Harvesters Vibration based Wind Energy Harvesters Piezoelectric Wind Turbine Some Other Examples