This paper presents a renewable energy model which combines the concepts of wind pumps, pumped hydro and micro hydroelectricity. The proposed model recovers energy from low speed winds and eliminates the requirement of energy storage in batteries or grid connection. After establishing the suitability of the model theoretically, workable models are visualized using commercially available components. Two designs based on this model are studied for their performance, and resultant data has been critically analyzed to establish the trend and their commercial feasibility. One of the two designs studied is a standalone tower that can feed a house or a small villa, which also can be installed at any point of need. The second design is building integrated where the system components are mounted on a building. Theoretical findings are validated by simulating through software, MATLAB. The obtained results showed the superiority of the proposed model over the conventional three blade wind turbines for wind speed less than 6 m/s.
|Title of host publication||CREGA’14 - Renewable Energy: Generation and Applications, Springer Proceedings in Energy 2014|
|Place of Publication||Springer International Publishing|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Jul 2014|