Residential Wind Turbine
- As the alternative energy debate continues and global leaders fail to reach a consensus on how to control emissions, the need for a grassroots change becomes more imminent. Working in conjunction with R Campbell's Twisted Logic Thesis project (http://www.iam-r.com), our team sought to design a small residential wind turbine to bring alternative energy to majority of the population living on the coasts. While small wind turbines are less efficient; they provide personal ownership incentives. The video below is a short 90-second commercial.
- To make the rotors of the turbine, we laser cut 0.09" acrylic sheet into symmetric airfoils and mounted them on polycarbonate c-channels. We wrapped these in paper for testing, and then we wrapped them in aluminum. The aluminum proved unwieldy and heavy, so our final prototype used a thin plastic membrane for the skin. The spokes were also laser cut out of acrylic and mounted to foam core (for prototyping purposes).
- The form and application were re-conceived for high altitude applications. The turbine is lofted using a weather balloon, and retracted using a winch.