Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Navid Goudarzi in the Mechanical Engineering Department will lead this project to study the potential for installing micro wind turbines at Maryland Stadium. The project will conclude with determining the locations with the best wind energy density, the optimal turbine designs, and the most economically-efficient ways to harness this power. Increased use of renewable energy on campus, such as with micro wind turbines, helps reduce the university's carbon footprint and promotes greater visibility for renewable energy overall. Inter-Collegiate Athletics has approved the study. The research will also provide insight into the possibility of installing micro wind turbines on other tall buildings on the UMD campus.