Technology and Engineering
  • ISSN: 2333-2581
  • Modern Environmental Science and Engineering

Training Kit Learning on the Operation of a Horizontal Axis Wind Power Generator

VĂ­ctor M. Romero Medina, Gabriel A. Franco Mena, Miguel A. Olivera Alcocer, and Estela Cerezo Acevedo

Department of Basic Sciences and Engineering, Universidad del Caribe, Mexico

Abstract: Wind power is currently used mainly to produce electricity by wind turbines. The environmental impact generated by such energy is less problematic compared to other energy sources, and it is also an abundant and renewable resource that helps reduce dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, it is of great interest to design and build teaching materials so that students of different academic levels can understand the importance of using energy through this resource. With the above, the need to raise awareness and promote the learning of the behavior of the wind resource and the operation of wind turbines becomes evident. For this reason, a didactic kit was developed that will provide an easy and interactive method to identify the parts of a horizontal axis wind turbine, as well as its operation. The kit is made up of a scale wind turbine, its blades were made using the NACA-4412 aerodynamic profile using the Solidworks CAD tool and made by 3D printing, a fan with variable speeds that simulate a wind tunnel and two LEDs that They will be turned on by spinning the rotor with the air stream generated by a fan. In addition, a manual is included with a series of practices that cover topics ranging from the operation and recognition of the equipment to calculations of wind potential, calculation of generated power and the power coefficient, among others. The wind training kit is expected to reach public and private schools in order to help develop students’ abilities and guide them to follow an environmental culture with knowledge about clean and renewable energy sources.

Key words: wind energy, wind turbines, didactic kit, wind potential, renewable energy

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