Small Scale Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

Recipient:

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Amount:

$7,400

This student project aims to create a working vertical axis wind turbine and electrical system to test the effectiveness of the design. Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) may be more effective than horizontal axis wind turbines in regards to wind technology, a source of renewable energy. Testing out the VAWT could provide insight on more effective ways to generate renewable energy, and changes that need to be made to future designs. The grant will be used for the design, construction, installation and maintenance of the wind turbine, and an educational display.