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Remote Wind Power


Brian Wallace,
Susan Stewart (advisor),

About the Project

Remote Wind Power Systems Unit (PSU) was funded by Penn State's Sustainability Institute's Reinvention Fund at the University Park campus in the amount of $8,688.

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Remote Wind Power Systems Unit (PSU) is Penn State's team in the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition. The team consists of students who specialize in different facets of the competition, from aersopace engineers and mechanical engineers to students working on finance and communications. Their goal is to create an innovative product that acts as a viable option in sustainable energy.

During this inaugural year of the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition, the goal is to design and build a portable, lightweight wind turbine that can power a small electronic device. Through the competition, the students investigate innovative wind energy concepts; gain experience designing, building, and testing a wind turbine to perform according to a customized, market data-derived business plan; and increase their knowledge of wind industry barriers.

wind turbine prototype

A principal contest involved testing each team's prototype wind turbine in a wind tunnel under specific conditions. Each team's business plan to develop and market their turbine was also evaluated against pre-weighted criteria. The third event of the competition involved oral presentations that were delivered in an open forum, whereby each team demonstrated its grasp on market drivers and deployment acceleration opportunities affecting the wind industry. Teams were judged not only on the strength of their arguments, but also on the depth, logic, and style of their deliveries.

The Competition took place May 5-7, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. The Penn State Remote Wind PSU team placed 1st Overall in the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition! The team also placed 1st in the Market Issues category, tied for 2nd in the Business Plan competition, 2nd in the Design Review, and 4th in the Wind Tunnel Testing.

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