Investigating Wind Energy. In the Southwest Washington Coastal Region. A Research Proposal Prepared for Energy Systems & Climate Change The Evergreen State College Fall 2011-Winter 2012 Involving :.
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In the Southwest Washington Coastal Region
A Research Proposal Prepared for
Energy Systems & Climate Change
The Evergreen State College
Fall 2011-Winter 2012
A focused analysis of wind energy prospects off-shore, directly off-shore, and directly on-shore in the Long Beach corridor.
An interactive exploration of potential efficiency amplification (in Watts/square meter) using vertical axis wind-turbine arrangements - via simulation and replication to-scale for various sites and constraints.
By Zach Baugher
Why Clean Energy, Doesn’t it CostMore than Coal and Natural Gas?
Global CO2 Output in 2007 :29,888,121
(in thousands of metric tons/yr.)
% of Global Output:
* 2007 Data
Some of the strongest winds thought we were in the nation are right in our backyard
Most datasets available represent 50-80m, surely this varies from ground-level velocities… so how do I estimate the energy density of wind where VAWTs would typically operate?
I’m interested in any other wind-data resources you can suggest!
“the global wind power available 30 feet off the ground is greater than the world's electricity usage, several times over” (1)
A series of calculations will lead me to find that the wind power density, P/A or wind power per unit area is:
Where ρ (Rho) represents air density and U its velocity.
Wind power (P) is thus proportional to the rotor area (A) swept by wind.
This will provide a baseline figure to compare with results from my scale representation.
“…these results are a compelling call for further research on alternatives to the wind-energy status quo.”
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Thanks for your time!