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Project: Build a Wind Farm


The need to pump water for human consumption and irrigation is critical in rural communities all over the globe.

The most common technology for off-grid communities, diesel engine pump sets, is also the least sustainable. Diesel engines are attractive to infrastructure developers and donors because they are inexpensive to purchase and they are widely available; but they are also heavy polluters, can be expensive to operate, and their reliability is sensitive to proper operations and regular maintenance. Fuel availability is seldom a problem but the support infrastructure for diesel pumps commonly breaks down, leaving users without safe water for long periods. It is amazing how often diesel pumps are automatically employed in development projects in spite of the overwhelming evidence that they have poor sustainability.

In this project, you will design a wind farm, a collection of wind turbines grouped together to create a single wind power plant. The wind farm you design will provide electricity to one or more KidWind Small Water Pumps with the goal of moving as much water as you can in a set period of time. The more power you provide to the pump, the more water you can move and the higher the pressure you can create. During the project, you will work with your group to design, test, and then optimize the orientation and design of your wind farm. At the end of the project, you will submit the set of deliverables.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

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

Renewable Energy with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Renewable Energy: Why is it So Important?
2What is Energy?
3Project: Energy Audit
4Voltage and Circuits
5Current and Resistors
6Mechanical Power
8Exploring Wind Turbines
9Effect of Load on Wind Turbine Output
10Blade Variables and Power Output
12Turbine Efficiency
13Power Curves
14Power and Energy
15Project: Maximum Energy Output
16Project: Build a Wind Farm
17Exploring Solar Panels
18AEffect of Load on Solar Panel Output
18BFill Factor and IV Curve of a Solar Panel
19Variables Affecting Solar Panel Output
20Effect of Temperature on Solar Panel Output
21Project: Build a Solar Charger
22Exploring Passive Solar Heating
23Variables Affecting Passive Solar Heating
24Exploring Solar Collectors
25Variables Affecting Solar Collectors
26Project: Solar Cooker

Experiment 16 from Renewable Energy with Vernier Lab Book

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