Outdoor Future Test Facility
This institutional (OPA, OCE, University)- and
industry-funded project reinforce with experimental and
computational results the effectiveness of employing
contra-rotating system and induction generator to enhance
a small wind energy converter (SWEC). With these
both technologies, the SWEC works
more efficient and therefore can produce more
energy in a unit turbine area.
To verify the SWEC performance, a research model
has been built and tested
over a range of operating conditions at the
WindLab. Wind tunnel tests
were carried out to ascertain overall performance of the
contra-rotating wind turbine.
The results demonstrated a significant increase
in output power and capability of operation at lower wind speeds
compared to a single-rotor system of the same type.
The second aspect of development in this project
is the fabrication of 1 kW unit to be installed on roof of CBY
Building A, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa. This
facility which should be ready by mid summer 2011 will act as a
test bed outdoor lab to be monitored from the WindLab at CBY