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Type: Conference paper
Title: Renewable power from scrap - Guidelines for the construction of wind turbines using scrap material
Author: Rodrigues, R.
Piper, J.
Bhattacharya, S.
Wilson, S.
Birzer, C.
Citation: Proceedings of the National Conference of the Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG 2015), 2015
Publisher: The Sustainable Engineering Society
Issue Date: 2015
Conference Name: National Conference of the Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) (9 Sep 2015 - 10 Sep 2015 : Adelaide, Australia)
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Rodrigo M. Rodrigues, Jonathan D. Piper, Siddharth S. Bhattacharya, Siti A. Wilson and Cristian H. Birzer
Abstract: Approximately 2 billion people lack access to reliable electricity. This results in limited access to refrigerated foods and medicines, emergency hospital facilities, and lighting. A lack of lighting alone is known to prevent education of children, especially girls. Providing reliable access to electricity is essential in raising the quality of life for 2 billion people. However, electricity generation is usually expensive, or has high capital costs and requires a high degree of technical knowledge. To help address this issue, a set of guidelines for the development and manufacture of different wind power generation systems has been written. The guidelines are designed such that the users can build wind turbines based on the scrap material that they have available. To ensure the guidelines were suitable, four proof-of-concept devices were made and tested in the field and in a wind tunnel. The results showed that power generation is possible with limited equipment and technical capability. However, further work is required to optimise the manufacturing process.
Keywords: humanitarian technology; manufacturing; wind power; wind turbines
Description: Submitted paper
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