The experimental study on the wind turbine's guide-vanes and diffuser of an exhaust air energy recovery system integrated with the cooling tower

W. T. Chong, W. P. Hew, S. Y. Yip, Ahmad Fazlizan Abdullah, S. C. Poh, C. J. Tan, H. C. Ong

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Abstract

An assembly of two vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) and an enclosure is installed above a cooling tower to harness the discharged wind for electricity generation. The enclosure consists of guide-vanes and diffuser-plates, is used to enhance the rotational speed of the turbines for power augmentation. The angle of the guide-vanes is optimized to ensure the oncoming wind stream impinges the rotor blades of the turbine at an optimum angle. The diffuser-plates are tilted at an optimum angle to increase the discharged airflow rate. The performance of the system is tested in the laboratory followed by a field test on an actual size cooling tower. The VAWT performance is increased in the range of 7-8% with the integration of enclosure. There is no significant difference in the current consumption of the fan motor between the bare cooling tower and the one with installed VAWTs. With the presence of this system, approximately 17.5 GW h/year is expected to be recovered from 3000 units of cooling towers at commercial areas, assuming the cooling tower is driven by a 7.5 kW fan motor and operates 16 h/day. This amount of recovered energy can also be translated into 13% reduction in CO2 emission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-155
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Volume87
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cooling tower
  • De-carbonization
  • Energy recovery
  • On-site energy generation
  • Renewable energy
  • Wind turbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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The experimental study on the wind turbine's guide-vanes and diffuser of an exhaust air energy recovery system integrated with the cooling tower. / Chong, W. T.; Hew, W. P.; Yip, S. Y.; Abdullah, Ahmad Fazlizan; Poh, S. C.; Tan, C. J.; Ong, H. C.

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