A Novel Hybrid Car Design using a Wind Energy Capturing Device

Su-huei Chang (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan); Qi-Hong Lim (The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Taiwan); Kuo-Hsin Lin (Dong Fang Vocational High School, Taiwan)

Due to the scarcity of fossil fuel in the future and its detrimental effect on the environmental, an alternative energy is to be discovered. Wind power is a clean and sustainable natural resource that is yet to be fully utilized in the automotive industry. Therefore, a wind turbine system that consists of a diffuser shroud with a curve flange at the exit periphery was developed to overcome these weaknesses. The curve-flanged diffuser shroud has the role of collecting and accelerating the approaching wind, thus improving the efficiency of the wind turbine. In the numerical simulation, it was found that the curve flanged diffuser shroud could accelerate the approaching wind speed by a factor of 2.1, and augment the power output of a wind turbine by three times. However, in the wind tunnel experiment, a velocity enhancement of 1.33 times was achieved and two times augmentation of power output was demonstrated.

Journal: International Journal of Simulation- Systems, Science and Technology- IJSSST V15

Published: Jun 30, 2014

DOI: 10.5013/IJSSST.a.15.03.04