Innovations and Challenges of Wind Energy Converter Machines

Majid Rashidi, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Interim Chair, Engineering Technology Department
Fenn College of Engineering
Cleveland State University

Abstract: Identifying new primary energy sources is one of the grand challenges that civilization faces today. Fossil fuels have been the primary source of energy for mankind during the past century. It would be fair to say that without fossil fuels many of the amenities that have brought comfort to mankind could not have existed. However, there are inherent drawbacks in relying on fossil fuels as the primary source of energy. Scarcities of resources and adverse environmental impacts that result from burning of fossil fuels have compelled scientists, engineers, and inventors to seek alternative energy sources. The new sources of energy are to be renewable with minimal adverse environmental impacts. The currently known alternative and renewable energies for usage are obtained via photovoltaic cells, wind mills, and/or oceanic wave.

A scenario of producing 20% of the total US energy consumption from wind by the year 2030, studies by DOE, will be presented. Engineering challenges of current wind turbine designs and the limitations of their operations will be discussed. An innovative wind harnessing system that has been design at CSU for low-wind-speed sites will be presented. Benefits and limitations of the CSU wind energy converter will be discussed. The Department of Energy (DOE) is currently supporting this effort at CSU.


Thursday, October 2, 2008
12:00 pm
Room 117

Pizza and refreshments will be served before the seminar.