EXPERIMENTAL AND NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF WIND TURBINE MODEL

  • 1 University of Maribor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia

Abstract

Global demand for electric energy is predicted to increase in the coming decades. Following this, different approaches for additional electricity production are analysed and tested worldwide. The EU supports the production and usage of electricity from renewable energy sources, particularly wind energy, because it provides electricity without giving rise to any carbon dioxide emissions. The presented work analysis the possibility for utilising of wind-generated electricity as a stand-alone system for small off grid cabin supply. The very basic turbine geometry was designed and numerically simulated with commercial CFD software. After that, the turbine model was printed using 3D printer and tested in laboratory environment. The comparison of numerically and experimentally obtained operating characteristics show reasonable agreement and strong potential for system optimisation and improvements.

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