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Wind Power

Figure from experiment 33 from Earth Science with Vernier

Introduction

A wind turbine generally consists of a two- or three-bladed propeller made of aluminum or fiberglass mounted on the top of a tall tower. It converts energy from the mechanical energy of moving air to electrical energy by means of a generator. The wind causes the shaft of the turbine to spin which in turn causes a generator to produce electricity.

In this experiment, you will measure the power output of a wind turbine, investigate the relationship between power output and wind speed, and determine the relationship between power output and rotor shape.

You will use a small motor as a generator and a pinwheel as the turbine. The power output of the pinwheel can be determined by measuring the current and voltage produced by the motor. Power is determined using the relationship

P = VI {\text{Power}} = {\text{voltage}} \times {\text{current}}

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Use a Current Probe to measure current output.
  • Use a Voltage Probe to measure voltage output.
  • Calculate power output.
  • Determine the relationship between power output and wind speed.
  • Determine the relationship between power output and rotor shape.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Experiment 33 from Earth Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Earth Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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