Renewable Energy Lab for Wind & Solar Power System Analysis
Calder Acosta, William Rene
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Renewable energy resources used to produce electric energy, significantly lower CO₂ emissions by substituting non-renewable resource based power generators. Our investigation hopes to support the use of these renewable energy resources by characterizing a vertical wind turbine whose study will be described through the following content. by characterizing a vertical wind turbine whose study will be described through the following content. The turbine was studied with the main objective of characterizing the turbine by acquiring data manually, then comparing the data with the manufacturer’s data sheet, and finally finding a method in which the data acquisition procedure could be automized. First the lab equipment was evaluated and some of the equipment was found to be damaged. Consequentially, new equipment was bought and the manual data acquisition phase was started. The turbine’s characteristics were studied with and without load. After manually obtaining the voltage and current output of the wind turbine for different wind speeds the turbine’s power curve was successfully obtained. Finally, the next step was to automize the data acquisition procedure awchqiucihsitiwonasprdoocnedeurtehrwohuigchh waans Elegoo Mega 2560 microprocessor and Arduino sensors. Once the Arduino sensors were implemented, an interface to view the data that was being captured by the microprocessor was developed. The final interface was designed with LabView.