Faculty Advisor

LePage, Suzanne

Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Faculty Advisor

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

Date Accepted

May 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering