Using micro wind turbines to power cities?


Using micro wind turbines to power cities?

study for micro wind turbines

 
Thanks to funding by Hydro One, both profs and students at Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) have been researching how micro wind turbines could power urban dwellings.
 
Associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson, Alan Fung said ““These are very small scale. Usually, they are around 1 Kilowatt or multiple Kilowatts each, in terms of capacity. So the ones we are working on are 700 watts.”
 
The wind turbines are manufactured in Taiwan and are being tested at Kortright Centre for Conservation, in Woodbridge, Ontario. The study has been conducted for over a year now to determine how much energy these small wind turbines could generate in an environment like Toronto.
 
Fung said: “When you are in an urban environment, you have different buildings and obstructions. And sometimes, some of these buildings do create higher than normal wind velocity in a different location,”
 
“We would like to combine the wind turbine with a [solar-powered system] with a house battery. We’re trying to make the houses independent or [with an] off-grid electrical system, so that the house will be self-sufficient for the day, or the entire year.”
 
The main goal is to see if residents would be able to generate their own power without relying on the city’s power grid, which would be especially helpful during peak power times.
 

Posted By Sally on March 24, 2016 | 0 Comment

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