Green Energy

Vibration Energy Harvesting (VEH)


Moving towards a carbon-neutral energy balance we are looking for alternative ways to harvest energy. Vibration Energy Harvesting (VEH) is an emerging area of research where periodic motion is converted into electrical power. Think about where vibration energy is wasted: One example is shock absorbers on car suspension, where motion is converted into heat. Why not re-design the shock absorbers to produce electricity? Think about a train; when it travels over a section of track, the track bends down for a while. Why not convert this bending into electricity? Or put a device into your shoe so when you stomp around, each stomp generates electrical power.

There are two main forms of VEH, magnetic and piezo-electric. This project will explore one or both of these technologies. You will conduct a simulation, and if you want, attempt the construction of a physical device. Primary data will be collected from the simulation or device measuring the amount of electrical power generated for various amounts of vibration


Wind Farm Simulation

Wind Turbine

In this project you will code a simulation of a wind turbine which adapts to the current wind speed in order to achieve optimal performance. This is achieved by varying the generator load on the turbine, and adjusting the pitch of the blades for higher speeds. You will model the CART-3 research turbine from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, details and tons of data are available for this turbine. You will verify your model against published research.

Primary data will be collected from the simulation which will be compared with published data. The second phase of the project will look at investigating the layout of wind farms. Here you will change the spacing of the turbines and their geometrical layout, and measure the farm efficiency as these are varied.