Title

The Ellensburg Community Renewable Park: A Proposed Display of Renewable Energy Technologies for Public Education

Presenter Information

Darryl Fuhrman

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Renewable energy is gaining increasing attention as wind and solar projects become more visible across the region. The City of Ellensburg is installing solar photovoltaic arrays and residential wind turbines to evaluate their performance characteristics in the Kittitas Valley. Instrumentation is being included in the project to measure wind speeds, sunlight intensity, relative humidity, and ambient temperature, as well as energy output of the various configurations. Having this available data stream leads to the possibility of displaying the results for public information and education in the new Hogue Hall Addition. This presentation summarizes a proposed display that explains the various technologies, shows the correlation between energy output and meteorological variables, and compares various wind turbine design parameters. The result will be a better understanding of renewable energy production possibilities in the Kittitas Valley.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Michael Whelan

Additional Mentoring Department

Industrial and Engineering Technology

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The Ellensburg Community Renewable Park: A Proposed Display of Renewable Energy Technologies for Public Education

SURC 137A

Renewable energy is gaining increasing attention as wind and solar projects become more visible across the region. The City of Ellensburg is installing solar photovoltaic arrays and residential wind turbines to evaluate their performance characteristics in the Kittitas Valley. Instrumentation is being included in the project to measure wind speeds, sunlight intensity, relative humidity, and ambient temperature, as well as energy output of the various configurations. Having this available data stream leads to the possibility of displaying the results for public information and education in the new Hogue Hall Addition. This presentation summarizes a proposed display that explains the various technologies, shows the correlation between energy output and meteorological variables, and compares various wind turbine design parameters. The result will be a better understanding of renewable energy production possibilities in the Kittitas Valley.