P12401: Wind Energy Collection to Energy Bank
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Initial Design Documentation

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This page documents the initial design, or feasibility analysis, for our WECEB project.

Visual Conceptual Design

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First Conceptual Image for the WECEB System

First Conceptual Image for the WECEB System

Finding Power Needs

For power to CDPC

We will start off analysis with 8 batteries with P12402's designated Charge. Reference Reference R.2 shows us critical information about the LVE battery.

1 Battery under P12402 charger (very conservative estimate) ===> (0.6A * 6hrs) = 3.6 Ah/battery

Their circuitry and regulator will be 87.2% efficient (see ISE Documents) so 2.7 Ah / 0.872 = 4.13 Ah/battery

The battery is charged at 12V nominal ===> 3.09 Ah * 12V = 49.54 Wh/battery

To get a total for 8 batteries, multiply 37.12 Wh by 8. 8 batteries ~ 396 Wh

That means the WECEB's battery bank needs to output 396 Wh so the CDPC can fully charge the LVE batteries. This can be seen in the ISE Documents page under Efficiency Spreadsheet.

Power From the Wind Turbine to Battery Bank

With an 80% efficiency for a Lead Acid battery, we need to charge our battery bank at 396 Wh/0.8 which equals 495.4 Wh

It charges with a system voltage of 12 Volts, so in terms of Amp-Hours, (495.4 Wh/12) we need 41.3 Ah.

To find daily average supplied current from the turbine, divide by 24 hours; 1.72 A

Multiply average current by 12V to get daily average power needed from the turbine; 20.64 W

Sizing the Battery Bank

Looking at Reference R.1, we are able to determine the power consumed by charging the LVE batteries so we can rightly size our battery bank.

In order to size out Battery Bank, simply divide Amp-Hours from the previous step (41.3 Ah) by percent Depth of Discharge.

For a deep cycle battery, we don't want to discharge more than 60%. 41.3Ah/0.6

That means our Battery Bank needs to be roughly 68.83 Ah.

In all likelihood, we will buy a larger battery than 68.83 Ah. Days of autonomy, or days of no wind, should be included so the system can still work on calm days. The Amp-Hour capacities are simply multiplied by the days of autonomy. Two days of autonomy assumes one day of ample wind followed by one day of no wind.

Temperature effects come into play which will also require the battery to be larger.


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