The Darrieus wind turbine project supervised by CET researcher Dr. Maziar Arjomandi has gained further support with Parsons Brinckerhoff becoming a co-sponsor. The Mechanical Engineering final year project named ‘The design, build and test of a highly-efficient, smart Darrieus wind turbine’ has received $2000 in sponsorship from Parsons Brinckerhoff to go with $10,000 and a test site provided by AGL Torrens Island.
The project involves the development of a Darrieus wind turbine employing an active-pitch control system to efficiently capture wind energy in urban environments. The team, made up of seven aerospace and mechanical engineering students, will install their turbine next to a conventional horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT) for comparative analysis. The HAWT was built in 2008 as part of a similar final year project and has been repaired and upgraded by the 2010 team.