Wind Energy. Blake Bridges, Chris Parnell, Jeremy Petrowski , Yuren Salazar, Loy Pearce. Outline. History. Problem. Options/Solutions. Cost analysis. History.
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Blake Bridges, Chris Parnell, Jeremy Petrowski, Yuren Salazar, Loy Pearce
Wind energy has been harnessed since the 19th century in the form of windmills for mechanical energy. The 20th century brought the wind turbine which is used to create electricity.
Wind is actually a product of solar energy. The sun’s rays heat the Earth’s surface creating temperature differences between the land, water, and air, given their different propensities to absorb heat. This phenomena, in conjunction with the temperature differences that exist between the equator and the Earth’s poles, creates wind as hot air rises, expands, becomes less dense, and is then replaced by denser, cooler air (nesea).
Historically wind energy produces electricity at an average of about $.04 per KWh.
AeroVironment has operated since 1977 with over 250 sponsored projects to date. Primarily operate in California and principal researcher on the California Energy Commission
Boston’s Logan airport currently has 20 turbines on their office center combining for an annual savings of $13,000.
Maui Ocean Center has 6 turbines for 48,880 KWH per year.
Each turbine produces 1kw/hr.
Each turbine completely installed : $10,000
Savings per yr per turbine: (1/3 time) $400
(2/3 time) $800
(full time) $1200
Total cost: $132,000,000 (13,200 turbines)
Break even : 8 - 25 yrs
Each turbine is 2000kw/hr.
Hardware cost: $2,680,000
Installation /shipping: $680,000
Additional land: $120,000
Other charges: $400,000
Total cost: $3,880,000
Savings per yr: (1/3 time) $806,400
(2/3 time) $1,612,800
(full time) $2,419,200
Break even: 1.6-4.8yrs.
Based on $0.14 kw/hr.
Aeroviroment. 2008. 20 October 2008 <http://www.avinc.com/>.
Alliance for Innovative Energy Technology Commercialization. 2007. 15 October 2008 <http://bus.utpb.edu/utpb-alliance-for-innovative-energy-technology-commercialization/>.
American Wind Energy Association. 2008. 2 November 2008 <http://www.awea.org/>.
Danish Wind Industry Association. 12 May 2003. 30 October 2008 <http://www.windpower.org/en/tour/econ/index.htm>.
Vestas. 2007. 1 November 2008 <http://www.vestas.com/>.