Accession Number:

ADA083961

Title:

Evaluation of the Vertical Axis Wind Turbine at DREO,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OTTAWA (ONTARIO)

Report Date:

1980-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

101.0

Abstract:

A Vertical Axis Wind Turbine-Battery Storage System was installed at the Defence Research Establishment Ottawa DREO in December 1975 and was operated for three years. The system was instrumented to control and monitor its operation and performance. This report deals with an evaluation study of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine-Battery Storage System for a low-power unattended power source. The Systems wind turbine, energy-generating and battery-storage system, mechanical drive system, installation, control-circuitry and data-acquisition system are described. Also, a performance-history outlining the problem areas encountered and a data-summary of two years of performance-data acquired during this study are presented. The objective of this study was to assess the Systems ability to provide sixty watts of continuous power. The frequency of mechanical falures, especially in the turbine electrical drive system, made this particular system unsuitable as an unattended power source. It was also concluded that the average annual wind speed in the test location was of insufficient magnitude to provide the specified power output. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE