Electrical Engineering Department
BS in Electrical Engineering
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.