Faculty Advisor

Lai, Lifeng

Abstract

The Wind Reaper is a prototype for a highway-based sensor platform that powers itself by collecting energy from passing cars (via a vertical-axis wind turbine) and the sun (via a photovoltaic module). The system utilizes an ultra-low-power microcontroller to collect and process data from user-configurable sensors. The collected data is transmitted wirelessly at specified intervals throughout its daily operation. The system is also capable of detecting abnormal readings and signaling their occurrence with an “emergency” transmission. The Wind Reaper is intended to be the base for future research and development into applications for self-energy sensors.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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