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Vol. 13, Special Issue, December 2011, pp.53-61




Use of Small-Scale Wind Energy to Power Cellular Communication Equipment


* B. Plourde, * J. Abraham, * G. Mowry, ** W. Minkowycz

* University of St. Thomas, School of Engineering, St. Paul, MN 55105-1079

** University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Chicago, IL 60607, USA

E-mail: jpabraham@stthomas.edu



Received: 29 June 2011   /Accepted: 16 November 2011   /Published: 28 December 2011

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Abstract: The recent increase in cellular communication coverage and usage has been remarkable. The increase has occurred throughout the globe, in both developed and developing regions. In fact, in some regions of the world, land-line communications are being avoided altogether as countries move into primarily mobile communication technologies. In order for cellular communication to function adequately, communication towers must be built with sufficient density to provide coverage. These towers have electrical requirements which are often not met with grid-based power. This study presents a novel design of a wind turbine which is designed to be positioned atop existing communication towers in order to provide local power for the tower. These turbines have vertical axes of rotation and other features which suit them for this highly specialized application. The study carried out here shows that these turbines are able to provide the required electrical power to fully satisfy the communication-tower electronics.


Keywords: Vertical-axis wind turbine, Communication towers, Renewable energy, Fluid modeling


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