A novel, scaled wind farm has been developed at Carleton University to support undergraduate education in the sustainable and renewable energy engineering program (SREE). The wind farm allows students to evaluate losses due to wake effects in grid-aligned wind farm configurations. The wind farm consists of nine 20 cm wind turbines arranged in a 3 × 3 grid-aligned configuration with 5D separation between rows. Students evaluate wake effects through the observed power output of the wind turbine generators. It was observed that the power output of the second row in a wind farm was reduced by 45% compared to the upstream row, and that this behaviour was similar to wake effects in full-scale wind farms.

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Keywords HAWT, Wakes effects, Wind energy, Wind farms
Conference 12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering 2013: Wind Effects on Structures, Communities, and Energy Generation, ACWE 2013
Citation
McTavish, S. (Sean), Feszty, D, & Nitzsche, F. (2013). The development of a scaled wind farm for undergraduate education. In 12th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering 2013, ACWE 2013: Wind Effects on Structures, Communities, and Energy Generation (pp. 1181–1190).