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Urban integration of aeroelastic belt for low-energy wind harvesting

Aquino, Angelo I.; Calautit, John Kaiser; Hughes, Ben Richard

Authors

Angelo I. Aquino

JOHN CALAUTIT John.Calautit1@nottingham.ac.uk
Assistant Professor in Building Servicesengineering

Ben Richard Hughes



Abstract

In this modern age low-energy devices are pervasive especially when considering their applications in the built-environment. The multitude of low-energy applications extend from wireless sensors, radio-frequency transceivers, charging devices, cameras and other small-scale electronic devices. The energy consumptions of these devices range in the milliwatt and microwatt scale which is a result of continuous development of these technologies. Thus, renewable wind energy harnessed from the aeroelastic effect can play a pivotal role in providing sufficient power for extended operation with little or no battery replacement. An aeroelastic belt is a simple device composed of a tensioned membrane coupled to electromagnetic coils and power conditioning components. This simplicity of the aeroelastic belt translates to its low cost and overall modularity. The aim of this study is to investigate the potential of integrating the aeroelastic belt into the built environment using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. The work will investigate the effect of various external conditions (wind speed, wind direction and physical parameters, positioning and sizing) on the performance of the aeroelastic belt. The results from this study can be used for the design and integration of low-energy wind generation technologies into buildings.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 30, 2017
Journal Energy Procedia
Print ISSN 1876-6102
Electronic ISSN 1876-6102
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 105
APA6 Citation Aquino, A. I., Calautit, J. K., & Hughes, B. R. (2017). Urban integration of aeroelastic belt for low-energy wind harvesting. Energy Procedia, 105, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.384
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.384
Keywords Airflow ; Aeroelastic flutter ; Buildings ; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) ; Simulation ; Wind ; Wind belt
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876610217304253
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
Additional Information 8th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2016, 8-11 October 2016, Beijing, China

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