|41||Wind turbine phone charger
|Group members: Charles Hummel chummel2
Emre Ercikti ercikti2
Sachin Reddy ssreddy2
A small wind turbine with a total height of half a meter will be used to generate AC power which will be converted to DC power. The DC power will charge (ideally) a removable battery pack that would have an output for charging a phone.
Solar phone chargers are great but they do not work when there is no direct sunlight. This turbine will fill that gap.
For this project we will:
1. Create power electronics that will convert the AC power to DC.
a) This circuitry will also include protection measures such as short-circuit protection
2. Implement sensors that detect wind speed and direction and software that will suggest optimal turbine turbine orientation.
3. Using the sensors implement, a cut-off mechanism to keep the generator and/or power electronics from being damaged from excessive wind speeds.
4. To scale the project's difficulty we would design our own battery pack using SLA's and implement a battery management system as well.
The mounting system will be a removable strap that would let the user secure the turbine as well as holes in the base that pegs could fit through to secure to the ground if need be.