This study presents the development of a miniature wind turbine that can be used for powering wireless sensors deployed at remote locations. The wind turbine utilizes piezoelectric transducers in order to reduce the start-up speed. Six piezoelectric bimorphs with magnetic tip mass were actuated through attractive and repulsive force between permanent magnets. The design and characterization of the prototype is discussed along with a Finite Element Model (FEM) of the piezoelectric elements. The wind turbine was 23 cm high and 16.5 cm wide. It was able to achieve low cut-in speeds of 1m/s providing power outputs ranging between 0.5 mW and 3 mW for wind speeds in the range of 1 m/s to 4 m/s.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Ceramics and Composites
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Materials Chemistry