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Measuring Wind Energy

Figure from experiment 2 from Wind Energy Explorations

Introduction

When moving air hits the blades of a wind turbine, some of the wind's kinetic energy is transferred to the turbine blades, which spin. Through this process, some kinetic energy of the wind is transformed into kinetic energy of the rotating turbine. The spinning generator causes electrons to start moving through the wires connected to the generator, converting kinetic energy to electrical energy.

In this experiment you will use an Energy Sensor to measure the rate at which kinetic energy is transformed into electrical energy.

Objectives

  • Set up the data-collection equipment.
  • Measure current, potential difference (voltage), power output, and energy production of a wind turbine.
  • Use data-collection software to calculate mean (average) values.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

Graphical Analysis 4

Wind Energy Explorations

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Energy Transformation
2Measuring Wind Energy
3Exploring Wind Turbines
4Wind Turbines: Effect of Load
5Blade Variable: Pitch
6Blade Variable: Quantity
7Blade Variable: Area
8Blade Variable: Shape
9Engineering Project: Max Power

Experiment 2 from Wind Energy Explorations Lab Book

<i>Wind Energy Explorations</i> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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