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  • Environmental and Performance Analysis of a 5kW Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine in East Central Alberta
  • Rooke, Braden
  • English
  • wind turbine
    renewable energy
    life cycle assessment
    power performance
  • Nov 4, 2011 7:38 PM
  • Thesis
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  • This thesis investigates the environmental and performance results of a 5kW horizontal axis wind turbine installed in east-central Alberta. Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology was utilized to perform a comparative environmental impact study on three sizes of small wind turbines installed in east-central Alberta for the production of 100kW of nameplate power. Field data collected over 17 months from tower mounted instruments were used to assess the performance of a grid connected 5kW wind turbine. Comparative LCA findings revealed that although 5kW and 20kW options were a vast improvement over current Alberta grid performance, a 100kW turbine had the fastest environmental, energy, and financial payback period and the lowest impact per kilowatt-hour in terms of global warming, ozone depletion, and acidification emission factors. In-situ power performance analysis demonstrated that the turbine performs at a high-level and the manufacturer’s published power curve was accurate. Annual energy production (AEP) estimates made from the measured power curve were slightly low compared to manufacturer’s published data. Tower-mounted instruments were found to be an excellent option for in-situ power performance analysis.
  • Master's
  • Master of Science
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Spring 2012
  • Fleck, Brian (Mechanical Engineering)
    Tyree, Melvin (Renewable Resources)
  • Secanell, Marc (Mechanical Engineering)
    Musilek, Petr (Electrical Engineering)