Small-scale modular wind turbine

Scott Bressers, Chris Vernier, Jess Regan, Stephen Chappell, Mark Hotze, Stephen Luhman, Dragan Avirovik, Shashank Priya

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This study reports the design, fabrication, and implementation of a horizontal-axis, small-scale modular wind turbine termed as "small-scale wind energy portable turbine (SWEPT)". Portability, efficient operation at low wind speeds, and cost-effectiveness were the primary goals of SWEPT. The fabrication and component design for SWEPT are provided along with the modifications that can provide improvement in performance. A comparative analysis is presented with the prototype reported in literature. The results show that current version of SWEPT leads to 150% increase in output power. It was found that SWEPT can generate 160 mW power at rated wind speed of 7 mph and 500mW power at wind speeds above 10 mph with a cut-in wind speed of 3.8 mph. Furthermore, the prototype was subjected to field testing in which the average output was measured to be 40 mW despite the average wind distribution being centered around 3 mph.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2010
EditionPART 1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2010 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 8 2010Mar 11 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
NumberPART 1
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Electromagnetic generator
  • Energy harvesting
  • Low-speed wind turbine
  • Modular design
  • Small-scale
  • Wind power
  • Wind turbine


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