Design and Experimental Analysis of an Exhaust Air Energy Recovery Wind Turbine Generator
AbstractA vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) was positioned at the discharge outlet of a cooling tower electricity generator. To avoid a negative impact on the performance of the cooling tower and to optimize the turbine performance, the determination of the VAWT position in the discharge wind stream was conducted by experiment. The preferable VAWT position is where the higher wind velocity matches the positive torque area of the turbine rotation. With the proper matching among the VAWT configurations (blade number, airfoil type, operating tip-speed-ratio, etc.) and exhaust air profile, the turbine system was not only able to recover the wasted kinetic energy, it also reduced the fan motor power consumption by 4.5% and increased the cooling tower intake air flow-rate by 11%. The VAWT had a free running rotational speed of 479 rpm, power coefficient of 10.6%, and tip-speed-ratio of 1.88. The double multiple stream tube theory was used to explain the VAWT behavior in the non-uniform wind stream. For the actual size of a cooling tower with a 2.4 m outlet diameter and powered by a 7.5 kW fan motor, it was estimated that a system with two VAWTs (side-by-side) can generate 1 kW of power which is equivalent to 13% of energy recovery. View Full-Text
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Fazlizan, A.; Chong, W.T.; Yip, S.Y.; Hew, W.P.; Poh, S.C. Design and Experimental Analysis of an Exhaust Air Energy Recovery Wind Turbine Generator. Energies 2015, 8, 6566-6584.
Fazlizan A, Chong WT, Yip SY, Hew WP, Poh SC. Design and Experimental Analysis of an Exhaust Air Energy Recovery Wind Turbine Generator. Energies. 2015; 8(7):6566-6584.Chicago/Turabian Style
Fazlizan, Ahmad; Chong, Wen T.; Yip, Sook Y.; Hew, Wooi P.; Poh, Sin C. 2015. "Design and Experimental Analysis of an Exhaust Air Energy Recovery Wind Turbine Generator." Energies 8, no. 7: 6566-6584.