Miniature Contactless Piezoelectric Wind Turbine

D. Avirovik, R. Kishore, S. Bressers, D. J. Inman, S. Priya

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This study presents the development of a miniature wind turbine that can be used for powering wireless sensors deployed at remote locations. The wind turbine utilizes piezoelectric transducers in order to reduce the start-up speed. Six piezoelectric bimorphs with magnetic tip mass were actuated through attractive and repulsive force between permanent magnets. The design and characterization of the prototype is discussed along with a Finite Element Model (FEM) of the piezoelectric elements. The wind turbine was 23 cm high and 16.5 cm wide. It was able to achieve low cut-in speeds of 1m/s providing power outputs ranging between 0.5 mW and 3 mW for wind speeds in the range of 1 m/s to 4 m/s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalIntegrated Ferroelectrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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