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For many people the idea of producing household electrical power from a wind turbine is a romantic notion, a dream that rarely becomes a reality. Still for others, especially those living far from an electrical line or experiencing outrageous utility bills, it becomes a necessity. There are thousands of homes across the country now being powered by a wind turbine or combination of wind and other alternative electrical power inputs. Each installation's success or failure depends heavily on planning and correct installation. It is the critical planning and siting stage of an installation that will be discussed in this article. Cars, boats, planes, power plants or garden tractors, these all have something in common, they are machines that produce useable work or power by consuming a fuel. The amount of work they do or power they produce is directly related to their size and how much fuel is available for their consumption. In the case of a wind turbine, its fuel is the wind. The power...

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Please note, too, the poster that went out with every issue. It promised-- among other coming articles-- pieces on wind, water, solar, and methane power. And that was back when the rest of the world was telling us that all the streams have already been harnessed, solar energy was tried in the 30's and didn't work, wind power is just too much trouble, and what the hell is methane anyway Yeah, I'm kinda the guy who kicked off the whole modern alternative energy awareness but only because I grew up on a little family farm in Indiana where we just naturally had to make do and where the only electricity I had until I was seven years old (and moved to a different farm) was from a windplant (Marcellus Jacobs has since told me that he invented the electricity producing wind powered generator and he therefore has the right to name it and , by gadfries, it's not a windmill windmills pump water). But I digress. I started to say that our windplant was homebuilt and my dad even carved out simitar...

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Cross Ventilation in a Building

For simplicity, this investigation used a CFD program to calculate the pressure difference around the buildings and uses it as the boundary conditions for indoor airflow simulation. Ideally, the calculation should be performed for different wind directions under various wind speeds in a period suitable for natural ventilation, such as summer. Figure 12 illustrates the pressure distribution under the prevailing wind direction (southeast) and speed (3 m s). In order to correctly take the impact of the surrounding buildings into account, the computational domain is much larger than the one shown in the figure. Clearly, the pressure difference is the highest between the northern and southern fa ades. It is also interesting to note that the highest pressure difference is neither at the top floor nor at the bottom floor, but somewhere near the top, as shown in Figure 12b.

Wind related damage

A wind speed of 26 metres per second is not unusual in the UK and is often exceeded (this wind speed is described as 'storm' on the Beaufort Scale, which indicates wind force). Such a wind speed, which is becoming more frequent due to climatic change, will support a 50mm column of water. Therefore, any welted or folded joint or seam, any upstand or step, that is less than this height must be viewed with suspicion as there is every possibility that it will leak under high wind conditions.

Natural Ventilation Design

Air Movement Arrow

The design of natural ventilation in the demonstration building required data on indoor and outdoor airflow distributions. The wind rose in Beijing, as shown in Figure 3, indicated that in the summer the prevailing wind is from north and south. The corresponding mean wind speed is 1.9 m s. Figure 4 breaks the reference weather data in Beijing into different comfort categories. Although heating is an important issue in Beijing, buildings there also require cooling from June through August. However, the figure illustrates that the period of comfort can be increased substantially, and the level of mechanical cooling reduced, if mean air speed in the building is at least 2 m s through natural ventilation or internal overhead fans. Indeed, air-conditioning may not be necessary in Beijing if natural ventilation is combined with night cooling. Excess wind speed, however, is detrimental, causing discomfort to pedestrians. In Beijing, winter winds around some buildings can reach speeds of 14 m...

High Rise Residential Building Complex in Beijing

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As is the case with many downtown areas with skyscrapers, high-rise buildings sometimes create a wind tunnel effect that is very uncomfortable to pedestrians. The proposed design for Beijing Star Garden forms a wind tunnel effect on the site with prevailing winter winds from the north. Figure 9a shows the wind distribution on the site with a north wind from the right. There are a few places that have very high wind speeds (see red arrows in Figure 9a). The developers did not adopt our suggestion of lowering the building height and creating courts to eliminate wind tunnel problems and enhance contact between neighbors. Instead, they sought to change the shape of the four towers in the north to eliminate high wind spots. The new design used a different building shape to deflect the wind to the westward direction. Figure 9b shows the airflow distribution with a north wind under the new design of the four towers that reduces areas of high winds.

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GROUND THE METALLIC FRAMEWORK of your PV array. (If your framework is wood, metallically bond the module frames together then ground them.) Be sure to bolt your wires solidly to the metal so it will not come loose, and inspect it periodically. Also ground antenna masts and wind generator towers.

Series I Simulations

And magnitude of internal heat gains, both of which strongly affect indoor temperatures. We estimated a wind-driven airflow of 7.5 ACH, deriving this value from nodal airflow equations and an estimate of both open-window area and wind speed at the building fa ade. We used a southerly wind of 0.5 m s, which was reduced from the annual mean meteorological value of 1.9 m s (Chen and Cai 1994) by the screening effect of neighboring buildings (Jiang et al 1999).

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Traditionally, many architects predict the airflow in and around buildings by using smart arrows, as shown in Figure 3. Drawing the airflow correctly requires a rich knowledge of fluid mechanics. Unfortunately in many cases, the predicted airflow pattern can be completely different from that in reality. Furthermore, the smart arrows cannot give the wind speed, or at least the reliable air speed, which is an important parameter for evaluating the benefits of natural ventilation and outdoor comfort. Chandra, Fairey and Houston (1983) developed a simple model for calculating the air exchange rate for natural cross ventilation. However, it is limited in that it can only be applied to buildings with simple geometry and surroundings. ideally a full-scale mockup is needed in order to satisfy both the Reynolds number that represents inertial force from the wind and the Grashov number that represents the buoyancy force. The experiment usually measures wind speed in the wind tunnel, and wind...


The prevailing winter winds in Beijing are from the north (Figure 39b). The site design therefore reduced wind speeds throughout the site by placing the tallest buildings on the northern edge of the site in order to block and divert winter winds from the north. A CFD model was used to verify the effectiveness of this design, and results shown in Figures 40 through 42 demonstrate that the winter air speed in the interior of the site was generally reduced by more than 50 percent on the exterior of the site.


The Agua Alegre is a wonderous and harmonious system. Brian Green and I spent the night aboard, safely tucked in her wooden belly. A small storm was brewing and the wind machine on the fantail was working overtime. As I went to sleep, thoughts of the power of the wind went through my mind. What a wonderful planet we live on. Nature is very kind to the Agua Alegre, she moves her through the water and supplies the energy to keep her batteries full. I had very pleasant dreams.


The infiltration rate for any given building is primarily a function of construction standards and the wind speed outside of the building. Without reductions in infiltration, the effect of the other specifications is not as significant. Placing taller buildings on the winter upwind side of the project could reduce the infiltration rate by reducing the local wind speed around adjacent buildings.

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We started our home power system and our home energy business with small scale wind electric wind generators, simply because solar was not quite available in 1974. We are located on a hilltop with no water power or other electrical source. Our wind is not particularly good here, in fact in late summer there is NO wind for many weeks at a time. Never the less, as our only option, any help from the wind seemed better than running an engine generator. The only wind electric generating systems considered were those designed to charge a 12 volt battery since storage was necessary in our stand alone system, 2 miles from the powerlines, and we already had a generator charged battery system. When there is a question of possible wind resources on a site, I recommend starting with photovoltaics, but less wattage than is planned for the finished system size. This can be used for immediate power needs while the wind is carefully analysed for the next full year. At the end of that time you will...


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This investigation used a commercial CFD program (CHAM 2000) for the study. The CFD program allows one to read data from an AutoCAD file. This feature is very important because of the complicated geometry of the buildings. Similar to a wind tunnel, CFD requires detailed information on the surroundings of the Stata Center in order to calculate the airflow. The surrounding buildings can either block or enhance the wind speed around the center. The computational domain for the building and surroundings is shown in Figure 5b. The domain length is about five times that of Stata Center in the four horizontal directions (or 100 times the Stata Center area size). The wind distributions around Stata Center were calculated for the north, east, south, and west wind directions with a typical wind speed for each direction. Figure 6 shows the wind distribution around Stata Center with an east wind. This study used about one million grid points the study required three days of computing time on a...

Wind Data

To design naturally ventilated buildings and or comfortable outdoor environments, the first step is to obtain reliable wind information, such as wind speed and direction. For example, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory derived a set of typical meteorological weather data for 229 stations throughout the United States and its territories (Marion and Urban 1995). The database provides hourly wind speed and directions that can be used directly in natural ventilation and outdoor comfort design. Rather than accounting for every hour in a full reference year, a designer should analyze the data and divide it into eight directions (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, and NW) for several wind speeds (e.g., Beaufort number 7, where Beaufort number classifies wind as 0 for calm to 12 for hurricane). The weather data can also be used to determine the percentage of wind for each direction and speed combination (32 in total). The total number can be reduced, eliminating those with very low probabilities....

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I have been a renewable energy buff since the 1974 energy crisis. Windmachines for generating electrical power always fascinated me. In 1974, I bought a 200 Watt 12 Volt windcharger and installed it on a 35 foot steel tower. It generated a small amount of power for the house. At the time, I had 5 24V aircraft 35 Ampere-hour batteries (wired in series to produce a pack of 130 VDC). The batteries fed a 1kW. rotary converter, 130 VDC in and 120 vac out, which ran the house. The 12V output of the wind charger fed a 12V to 120V, 150 watt Tripplite inverter which in turn fed a rectifier driven by a small auto transformer to boost the voltage up high enough to charge the 130V battery. The system sounds good, but was very inadequate. It was fine for first few hours, but the energy input to the batteries was extremely low. The windcharger mainly kept wind recording records over the years. I used an old G.E. chart recorder to record the 12V output whenever the wind blew. The tower was too...

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So Lets Change

It is unclear why home-sized water power, in particular, is so little known. It is true that other forms of comparable energy sources receive far more attention. The supreme reliability of photovoltaics and the romance of wind power are well established. Somehow the use of residential sized hydro-power has been largely overlooked. Part of this is likely due to the sound of the output figures. Although a water power system may produce 100 watts of power 24 hour per day, it sounds like so much less than a PV (or wind) system that has a peak output of 1,000 or 2,000 watts. Yet the water system could easily produce more total power output over a given time span. And be much cheaper.

Climatic Strategies

General climatic strategies for building in the Beijing area took into account several local environmental factors. Winter heat loss, mainly caused by infiltration, is a persistent problem in other, comparable residential developments in the area. Reduction of heat loss due to infiltration can be primarily addressed on the level of craft skills and construction techniques employed by the local builders. The MIT design team also responded to this problem by reducing the winter wind speed within the site through architectural planning. Any reduction in the winter heating load has substantial benefits to the end users, as winter heating bills for existing homeowners are very high, sometimes as much as 25 percent of one's salary.


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