Wind energy for the eesp 2009
1 / 100

Wind Energy for the EESP 2009 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

Wind Energy for the EESP 2009. Two 800 Pound Gorillas. Climate Crisis. Oil Crisis. Two major issues that our students will be left to deal with:. Climate Crisis. Oil Crisis. Why Teach & Learn about Wind Power?. Wind is Fastest Growing Energy Source. US Installed Wind Capacity.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Wind Energy for the EESP 2009' - chidi

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

Two 800 pound gorillas
Two 800 Pound Gorillas

Climate Crisis

Oil Crisis

Why teach learn about wind power
Why Teach & Learn with:about Wind Power?

Wind is fastest growing energy source
Wind is Fastest Growing Energy Source with:

US Installed Wind Capacity

And because of
And because of: with:

  • Rising Fuel Price and Uncertainty

  • Declining Wind Costs

  • Federal and State Policies & Incentives

  • Local Economic Development

  • Environmental Stewardship

  • Energy Security

  • Consumer Demand

What is kidwind
What is KidWind? with:

Aggie Energizers!

What is KidWind?

The KidWind Project is a team of teachers, students, engineers and practitioners exploring the science behind wind energy in classrooms around the US. Our goal is to introduce as many people as possible to the elegance of wind power through hands-on science activities which are challenging, engaging and teach basic science principles.

You can teach many learning standards

Aggie Energizers! with:

You can teach many Learning Standards

  • Concept #1 - Identify and explain the role of alternative energy sources and their conversion for use in society.

  • Concept #2 - Give examples of how energy can be transferred from one form to another.

  • Concept #3 - Differentiate between potential and kinetic energy. Identify situations where kinetic energy is transformed into potential energy and vice versa.

  • Concept #4 - Explain and utilize the steps of the engineering design process including the use of methods for representing solutions to a design problem. Recognize the parallel nature of the scientific method and the engineering design process.

  • Concept #5 - Identify and map aspects of the earth’s surface that would be applicable to engineering alternative energy conversion systems

  • Concept #10 - Explain the way in which an electromagnet can be used to convert forms of energy into electrical energy harnessed in a circuit


Typical wind lessons before kidwind

Aggie Energizers! with:

Typical Wind Lessons(Before KidWind)

  • Beaufort Scale

  • Pinwheels

  • Student Reports

  • Discussion Activity

    All very interesting but very little of the science and technology related to the current wind industry is presented.

    In fact most text books are pretty negative about the future of wind and misrepresent the technology miserably.

Elementary with:

Engineering is Elementary

Wind Chimes

Wind Art

Building simple blades

Aggie Energizers!

Middle with:

Building Wind Turbines

Testing Blade Parameters

Assessing Wind Resource


Aggie Energizers!




Kite or balloon string

Secondary with:

Advanced Blade Design

School Siting Projects

Data Analysis

Build Model (or full scale!) wind turbines

Aggie Energizers!

Basic words nomenclature
Basic Words (Nomenclature) with:

  • Wind Machine

    • Kinetic device used to capture the wind and put it to work

  • Wind System

    • Wind machine, tower, and all ancillary equipment

  • Windmill

    • Wind machine that generates mechanical motion (ie. water pumping, grain grinding, etc.)

  • Wind Turbine

    • A device that produces electricity from the kinetic energy of wind

Wind energy has been popular for a long time
Wind Energy has been with:Popular for a long time

The pilgrims arrived under the power of wind. Cape Cod was home to the first windmill in America. Wind helped fuel our country’s early economy.

Birth of the modern wind turbine
Birth of the Modern Wind Turbine in the early 1900’s

California Wind Turbines 1980’s


1.25 MW Turbine

Vermont, 1940's

Wind basics

Wind Basics in the early 1900’s

How wind works
How Wind Works in the early 1900’s

Wind energy is created by uneven heating of the earth’s surface.

Also geostrophic winds
Also, “Geostrophic” Winds in the early 1900’s

Land sea breezes
Land-Sea Breezes in the early 1900’s

Land-sea breezes created by temperature differentials

Winds also stronger near shore because of long unobstructed fetch

Sea breezes typically strongest in late afternoon

Valley breeze
Valley Breeze in the early 1900’s

Mountain breeze
Mountain Breeze in the early 1900’s

Mountain valley breezes
Mountain-Valley Breezes in the early 1900’s

Typically strongest in summer

Nighttime mountain breezes are stronger than daytime valley breezes

Mountain-valley winds can be enhanced by prevailing winds and convective flow between interior and coasts

Where is the wind

Where is the Wind? in the early 1900’s

Wind varies annually
Wind Varies Annually in the early 1900’s

Average annual wind speeds may vary as much as 25% from year to year

Wind varies seasonally
Wind Varies Seasonally in the early 1900’s

Wind varies daily
Wind Varies Daily in the early 1900’s

Wind varies daily not only because of weather but because of convective heating

Winds typically strongest in mid-late afternoon

Convective heating is less of an influence in winter, when storms dominate wind patterns

Wind varies instantaneously
Wind Varies Instantaneously in the early 1900’s

Who is using the wind

Who is using the Wind? in the early 1900’s

Here is germany s growth
Here is Germany’s growth: in the early 1900’s

Wind energy for the eesp 2009

Our own Wind Potential in the early 1900’s

Source: U.S. DOE

What is wind power used for

What is Wind Power Used For? in the early 1900’s

Wind turbine applications
Wind Turbine Applications in the early 1900’s

Generating electricity at Remote Sites

Producing electricity in parallel with utility

Water Pumping

Electricity for remote sites
Electricity for Remote Sites in the early 1900’s

North American Farms in 30’s & 40’s

Backcountry homes/cabins

Research Stations


Boats & RV’s

Nomadic people

Cathodic protection

Private merchant electricity generation
Private Merchant in the early 1900’sElectricity Generation

Net metering
Net Metering in the early 1900’s

Where can we find wind power stations

Where can we find in the early 1900’sWind Power Stations?

Wind farms
Wind Farms in the early 1900’s

Offshore wind
Offshore Wind in the early 1900’s

Types of wind turbines
Types of Wind Turbines in the early 1900’s

  • Medium

  • Village Power

  • Hybrid Systems

  • Distributed Power

  • $80,000-$500,000

  • 20-150 ft. diameter

  • 10-250 kW

  • Small

  • Homes & Farms

  • Remote Applications

  • $5,000-$50,000+

  • 2-20 ft. diameter

  • 10 kW

  • Large (250 kW – 5 MW)

  • Central Station Wind Farms

  • Distributed Power

  • $750,000 - $3,000,000 (per turbine)

  • 150 – 300 ft. diameter

Small medium turbines

Micro in the early 1900’s

<4 ft rotor diameter

Mini / Cabin-size

3-10 ft rotor diameter


13-33 ft rotor diameter


33-200 ft rotor diameter

Small & Medium Turbines

Medium large wind turbines
Medium & Large Wind Turbines in the early 1900’s

  • Hub height :

    • 160’ - 260’

  • Blade tip height:

    • 240’ - 390’

Wind turbine perspective

Workers in the early 1900’s


112’ long


56 tons


3 sections

Wind Turbine Perspective

Wide sweep

231 ft. in the early 1900’s

211 ft.

Wide Sweep

Turbine technology

Turbine Technology in the early 1900’s

Orientation in the early 1900’s

Turbines can be categorized into two overarching classes based on the orientation of the rotor

Vertical AxisHorizontal Axis

Lift vs drag vertical axis wind turbines
Lift vs Drag: in the early 1900’sVertical Axis Wind Turbines

Lift Device “Darrieus”

  • Low solidity, aerofoil blades

  • More efficient than drag device

    Drag Device “Savonius”

  • High solidity, cup shapes are pushed by the wind

  • At best can capture only 15% of wind energy

Vawt s have not been commercially successful yet
VAWT’s have not been commercially successful, yet… in the early 1900’s

Every few years a new company comes along promising a revolutionary breakthrough in wind turbine design that is low cost, outperforms anything else on the market, and overcomes all of the previous problems with VAWT’s. They can also usually be installed on a roof or in a city where wind is poor.




Wind Wandler

Horizontal axis wind turbines
Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines in the early 1900’s

  • Rotors are usually Up-wind of tower

  • Some machines have down-wind rotors, but only commercially available ones are small turbines

It all starts with blade design
It all starts with Blade Design in the early 1900’s

Airfoil nomenclature w ind turbines use the same aerodynamic principals as aircraft
Airfoil Nomenclature in the early 1900’swind turbines use the same aerodynamic principals as aircraft

Pitch control vs stall control
Pitch Control vs. Stall Control in the early 1900’s

Pitch Control

Blades rotate out of the wind when wind speed becomes too great

Stall Control

Blades are at a fixed pitch that starts to stall when wind speed is too great

Pitch can be adjusted for particular location’s wind regime

Active Stall Control

Many larger turbines today have active pitch control that turns the blades towards stall when wind speeds are too great

Inside a wind turbine
Inside a Wind Turbine in the early 1900’s

Active passive yaw
Active & Passive Yaw in the early 1900’s

  • Active Yaw (all medium & large turbines produced today, & some small turbines from Europe)

    • Anemometer on nacelle tells controller which way to point rotor into the wind

    • Yaw drive turns gears to point rotor into wind

  • Passive Yaw (Most small turbines)

    • Wind forces alone direct rotor

      • Tail vanes

      • Downwind turbines

Some concerns about wind that can be addressed with proper information
Some Concerns about Wind in the early 1900’s(that can be addressed with proper information)

  • Visual / Aesthetic

  • Property Values

  • Noise

  • Birds

  • Safety

  • Are benefits real?

Visual impact
Visual Impact in the early 1900’s

  • Many people think wind turbines are graceful, kinetic sculptures.”

  • People who have never seen modern wind turbines in person are more likely to think they will be an eyesore.

  • There are always people who complain about visual impacts before a project is built.

  • Approval rates are higher after projects are built and in areas that already have turbines.

Similar structures
Similar Structures in the early 1900’s

  • Utility Poles

  • Radio Towers

  • Cell Phone Towers

  • Water Towers

Similar structures1
Similar Structures in the early 1900’s

  • Utility Poles

  • Radio Towers

  • Cell Phone Towers

  • Water Towers

What about the birds
What about in the early 1900’sthe birds?

  • Wind Turbines kill very few birds compared to other human activities

  • Estimates are ~1-2 bird deaths per turbine per year

  • Global warming is the single biggest threat to wildlife today

  • A recent study in Nature found that more than 1/3 of species worldwide will be extinct by 2050 if global warming trends continue

“As responsible citizens, stewards, and advocates, Mass Audubon strongly supports public policies and private projects that advance energy conservation and efficiency. We also support the development of wind farms, as a renewable energy source to offset the effects of global climate change produced by the burning of fossil fuels.” Sept. 21, 2004

Wind energy for the eesp 2009

Bird deaths in perspective in the early 1900’s

Turbines are noisy right
Turbines are noisy, right? in the early 1900’s

  • Older wind turbines are louder. Newer machines turn slower and are much quieter

  • It is possible to hold a quiet conversation at the base of a modern wind turbine

  • Go to MMA or Hull and listen!

Do wind farms impact tourism and property values
Do wind farms impact tourism and property values? in the early 1900’s

Yes -- Positively.

There is NO evidence from

existing wind facilities anywhere in the world (including locations very similar to Cape Cod that have offshore turbines) that wind turbines have a negative impact on property values or tourism.

In fact, the majority of studies conducted after wind farms have been built show that both tourism and property values increase!

Are wind turbines unsafe
Are Wind Turbines Unsafe? in the early 1900’s

  • Not a single passerby has ever been injured by wind turbines

  • There have been no collisions with turbines by any type of vehicle

  • Ice shedding is very rare

    • When it occurs Ice falls near base of turbine -- not thrown far distances

  • Only one member of the public has been killed by a wind turbine (a German parachutist on her first solo jump)

Wind turbine at Exhibition Place, Downtown Toronto

Are the benefits real
Are the benefits real? in the early 1900’s

  • Back up Power?

    • Turbines do not require any new back up generation or spinning reserves.

  • Emission reductions?

    • Wind energy is accepted on the grid before any other source when it is available, offsetting the need for more polluting sources. Each MWh of wind is one less MWh of electricity from a fossil fuel plant

  • Economics?

    • Wind provides long-term price stability and is competitive with today’s energy costs. Economic benefit is realized by whoever buys (and sells) the power.

Power in the wind

Power in the Wind in the early 1900’s

Kinetic energy in the wind
Kinetic Energy in the Wind in the early 1900’s

Kinetic Energy = Work = ½mV2


M= mass of moving object

V = velocity of moving object

What is the mass of moving air?

= density (ρ) x volume (Area x distance)

= ρ x A x d

= (kg/m3) (m2) (m)

= kg




Calculation of wind power
Calculation of Wind Power in the early 1900’s

  • Power in the wind

    • = ½  A V3

    • Effect of air density, 

    • Effect of swept area, A

    • Effect of wind speed, V


Swept Area: A = πR2 Area of the circle swept by the rotor (m2).

Importance of rotor diameter
Importance of Rotor Diameter in the early 1900’s

Swept are is proportional to square of the rotor diameter

20% increase in rotor diameter increases area by 44%

Doubling diameter increases area 4 times

Importance of wind speed
Importance of Wind Speed in the early 1900’s

No other factor is more important to the amount of power available in the wind than the speed of the wind

Power is a cubic function of wind speed


20% increase in wind speed means 73% more power

Doubling wind speed means 8 times more power

Importance of distribution
Importance of Distribution in the early 1900’s

“Because speed distribution plays such an important role in determining power, it’s always preferable to use an actual measured distribution.”

Paul Gipe, Wind Power

Wind speed height higher means stronger smoother wind
Wind Speed & Height in the early 1900’sHigher means stronger, smoother wind

Micro siting
“Micro-Siting” in the early 1900’s

Turbulence in the early 1900’s

Top View

Side View

Economics jobs

Economics & Jobs in the early 1900’s

There are lots of exciting career possibilities
There are lots of exciting career possibilities in the early 1900’s


Turbine Technicians


Sales & Marketing

Utility Engineers

Geophysical Engineers

Concrete/Structural Engineering

Turbine Engineering (ME/EE/Aerospace)

Site/Civil Engineering

Microelectronic/Computer Programming

Business Expertise (Financial)

Legal Expertise


Does small wind energy pay
Does Small Wind Energy Pay? in the early 1900’s

  • Does wind energy have to pay for itself?

    • We often buy items of equivalent cost that provide no monetary value, and often cost money to use

    • Off grid customers are looking for least cost option (connect to grid, diesel generator, solar/wind hybrid, etc..)

  • Comparing initial costs is not useful

    • Wind has no fuel cost

    • Generators are cheaper per kW, but not necessarily cheaper at producing energy over the entire life

  • “You’re paying for a wind machine whether you want to or not, every time you mail your check to the utility.” – Mike Bergey

Economic factors
Economic Factors in the early 1900’s

  • Installed Cost

  • Operation & Maintenance

    • Typically ~ 1 cent per kWh

  • Financing

    • (equivalent to lost interest if paying cash)

  • Insurance

  • Taxes

  • Revenues: Savings & Sales

    • Savings worth more value because not taxed

    • Sales may generate taxable income

    • REC’s may be able to be sold

    • Must account for rising cost of electricity

      • as it compares to inflation

Economic incentives
Economic Incentives in the early 1900’s

  • Tax Credits

  • Tax Exemptions

  • Rebates

  • Production Incentives & Rebates

  • Accelerated Depreciation

  • Grants & Loans

  • Net Metering Arrangements



Growing economies of scale
Growing Economies of Scale in the early 1900’s







Rotor (Meter)














Total Cost





















Larger turbines are more cost effective per kW.

But the value of each kWh depends on whether it is used behind the meter (12-15 ¢/kWh )or sold to the grid (3-5¢/kWh).

Wind energy for the eesp 2009

Cape Cod Regional Technical School in the early 1900’s

African Windpower AWP 3.6 Turbine (installed June 2005)

  • 1.5 kW capacity

  • ~250-350 kWh/month

    (about half of an average household’s demand)

    127 foot, tilt-up, guy-wired tower

    SMA WindyBoy Inverter

    Installed as an educational tool

  • (It’s a demonstration of small wind energy technology, not necessarily an example of what to do)

Wind energy for the eesp 2009

Upper Cape Tech in the early 1900’s

Aircon 10 turbine

  • 10 kW capacity

  • ~1250-1750 kWh/month

    (2½ - 3 times an average household’s demand)

    Freestanding, tubular, counterbalancing tower

    2 SMA WindyBoy Inverters

Wind energy for the eesp 2009

* Rebate structure improved from Cape Tech to UCT example; rebate will be different for other applications, and additional incentives may be available.

--All prices are provided for example only – actual prices may vary--

Wind energy for the eesp 2009

Thanks to rebate will be different for other applications, and additional incentives may be available.

The KidWind Project

Joe Rand