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Development of small domestic wind turbine with scoop and prediction of its annual power output

Wang, F. and Bai, l. and Fletcher, J.E. and Whiteford, J. and Cullen, D. (2008) Development of small domestic wind turbine with scoop and prediction of its annual power output. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 33 (7). pp. 1637-1651. ISSN 0167-6105

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Abstract

Based on an unperturbed airflow assumption and using a set of validated modelling methods, a series of activities were carried out to optimise an aerodynamic design of a small wind turbine for a built up area, where wind is significantly weaker and more turbulent than those open sites preferable for wind farms. These activities includes design of the blades using a FORTRAN code; design of the nose cones and nacelles, which then constituted the rotor along with the blades; optimisation of the rotor designs in the virtual wind tunnel developed in the first part of the study; and finally, estimation of the annual power output of this wind turbine calculated using hourly wind data of a real Scottish Weather Station. The predicted annual output of the finalised rotor was then compared with other commercial turbines and result was rather competitive.