Looft, Fred J.
Mathisen, Paul P
The purpose of this IQP was to produce a "second look" and assessment of the wind energy potential at a specific site in Auburn, to establish constraints and criteria, and to complete a cost-benefit analysis. Characterizing the site's wind energy potential required; researching Auburn's energy needs, interacting with the town chair, background research of the issue, and performing a trade study of wind turbines. To establish constraints and criteria, we examined social constraints such as; potential problems with neighbors, access road and entrance locations and anemometer placement. For our cost-benefit analysis, we studied different project implementations in terms of the turbine height, blade length, generator size, installation complexities and planning, and wind speeds.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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