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Contra-rotating small energy wind converter (SWEC)

Wind turbine noise and vibration

Wind tunnel tests

High performance induction machines

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Three-phase induction machine as a single-phase generator

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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 performance of 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 Building B.

 

 We are the winner of four competitions in 2010

CDIO International, Montreal, May 15-18, 2010 (See Poster)

Best OPA Project

 

People’s Choice Award, Technology Venture Challenge Challenge  (http://techvc.org/)

Elevator Pitch Competition, Telfer School of Management, Ottawa.

 

 

 

 

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