Date

6-2013

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Art MacCarley

Abstract

Through funding from the California Central Coast Research Partnership (C3RP) the

CPWRC, led by Dr. Patrick Lemieux, has erected a horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) at the

Cal Poly Escuela Ranch site EL04. With the help of Dr. John Ridgely and Dr. Art MacCarley, the team has implemented a controller that delivers the power being generated by the turbine to a resistor bank which maintains a safe working speed for the turbine. The authors objectives for this project are to (1) become familiar with the operation of the turbine, (2) develop an AC-DC converter that regulates the output of the permanent magnet generator installed in the turbine, and (3) add the capability of using the power generated by the turbine to charge a 24VDC lithium ion battery.

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