by P Blackmore (26-Mar-2010)
This report provides guidance on the most effective height and location for wind turbine installations on the roofs of tall buildings. It describes research to characterise the wind conditions over a range of building heights from 15 m to 80 m and to provide advice on the height and location of wind turbine installations to maximise their potential for wind power generation.
There is an increasing trend to mount wind turbines on the roofs of tall buildings where they have the potential to generate useful levels of energy due to the advantages from increased wind resource at these heights and the reduced shelter and turbulence from surrounding buildings. However, there is limited advice available regarding the most effective height and location for wind turbine installations on the roofs of tall buildings. Inappropriate siting of the turbines can lead to installations which do not realise their full potential resulting in severely limited power generation possibilities.
2 Description of the project
Description of the models
Effect of measurement height
- Mean wind speed variation with height
- Turbulence intensity variation with height
Effect of building height and building plan dimensions
- Characterisation of the separated flow region 4 Discussion
Minimum acceptable turbine heights
Diameter of turbine blades
Annex A Mean velocity and turbulence intensity ratio contour plots
91 line drawings, 4 photos
Other publications that may be of interest
Micro-wind turbines in urban environments - an assessment.
Siting micro-wind turbines on house roofs.