Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Urban Wind Power Assessment A Case Study of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Building
by Patel, Ashishkumar, M.S., University of California, Davis, 2011, 190; 1507174
Abstract (Summary)

An extensive wind-tunnel study and energy capture prediction of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Building and its Windspire Extreme® wind turbines is presented. SFPUC is located at 525 Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco, California. This study combines boundary-layer wind-tunnel measurements, nearby meteorological data and power curves from different wind turbines to predict annual energy outputs. Wind-tunnel measurements are performed using hot-wire anemometry in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind-Tunnel (ABLWT) at the University of California Davis. A study like this is unique and important as it will outline a new tool for urban wind energy development (UWE). A Microsoft Excel spreadsheet is developed such that different wind turbine power curves can be imported and energy predictions may be easily made. This report outlines the procedure used in the model construction, wind-tunnel testing methods and the process of combining wind-tunnel measurements, meteorological data and wind turbine power curves to make energy capture predictions for this specific site.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Bruce R.
Commitee: Sarigul-Klijn, Nesrin, van Dam, Cornelis
School: University of California, Davis
Department: Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Energy, Environmental engineering, Energy
Keywords: Atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel (ablwt), San francisco public utilities commission (sfpuc) building, Urban wind, Wind energy, Wind tunnel, Wind turbine
Publication Number: 1507174
ISBN: 9781267239389
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