Uninterrupted Power from Wind for an Off-grid Communication Setup

Raymond, Tom (2021) Uninterrupted Power from Wind for an Off-grid Communication Setup. [USQ Project]

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This research aims to assess suitability of a micro wind turbine and energy storage for the task of providing uninterrupted power to a remote standalone communications setup. A literature study has been utilized to understand key theories and developments in the field. Remote micro-wind turbines have the potential to substantially reduce carbon emissions. Although larger wind installations and hybrid solar/wind applications have received a great deal of academic attention, micro-wind on its own is under-investigated. The study uses the initial SpaceX Starlink release parameters including location restrictions and power requirements to guide the scope of the research. Four locations within these guidelines are chosen in mainland Australia below -32 degrees latitude. Wind turbines of varying sizes and heights are then modelled for each location and an electrical load of less than 400W for 24hr and 12hr scenarios. The modelling shows reliable power generation even from a 2.5 metre diameter turbine coupled with Lead Acid storage, particularly in the South-West of the continent where a more significant wind resource exists. Costs and energy production are compared to photovoltaic solar and diesel generator. A Weighted Sum Model (WSM) Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) is used to view the results within the context of the modern energy landscape.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Senadeera, Wijitha
Qualification: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2023 03:58
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2023 01:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: wind turbines, WECS, communications, renewables, sustainability, Homer Pro, Starlink, MCA, WSM
URI: https://sear.unisq.edu.au/id/eprint/51831

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