Trailer Loaded On-the-Go Wind Turbine Can Provide Instant Power Anywhere
One good advantage of solar and wind energy is that systems using it can be set up almost anywhere. You just need the right amount of wind and sunshine to start producing electricity. Power generation with solar and wind energy is also independent, which means that an entire solar or wind energy system is capable of running on its own without any other source of energy or fuel replenishment.
But even if location is not a problem for wind and solar energy, engineers usually still have to worry about the portability of the system. You can’t simply transfer solar arrays or wind farms to other locations quickly.
Uprise Energy, a company that specializes in clean and green energy solutions, could solve this system transportability dilemma by proposing a special wind energy system that can be mounted and fitted inside the trailer of a truck. It’s called as the PPC, which stands for Portable Power Center. Its primary energy harvester would be a 50kW five-bladed wind turbine that is designed to generate energy by capturing low-speed but steady gusts and winds.
While the system of the PPC can be used like any other standard wind turbine, it would actually excel better at precisely controlling the amount of energy that it collects. A computer will be used by the system to calculate and analyze wind directions and weather patterns, to help optimize the amount of energy that can be harvested without pushing the turbines too much. Aside from active adjustment, the computer would also activate a special safety feature during strong winds. It would order the unit to stop the turbines and lower down the mast to protect the turbine from damage.
There are three viable energy storage options for the PPC. The first is the standard battery bank, which mainly used to regulate energy generation. Other options require the use of mediums, like air and biomass, to be transformed into water and hydrogen respectively when independent power is needed.
Aside from its protective function, the auto mast-lowering feature of the PPC would also allow it to be maintained quite easily. It won’t require technicians to climb on it, making maintenance procedures a lot safer, faster and more efficient.
All in all, the whole system (turbine, controllers, energy storage, etc.) is planned to be safely fitted inside a standard 40′ ISO shipping container. When the wind turbine is deployed, the trailer will be anchored to the ground. If it needs to go somewhere else, it would simply put away the turbine, to be driven to its next destination by a truck.
While a completely developed PPC unit could directly act as a standard renewable energy system for remote regions and private installations, it could perhaps be more importantly used during serious emergencies. In the aftermath of a natural calamity for example, a few PPC units could simply mow through the damaged city/town, and provide temporary energy for the community (for simple necessities) until the grid comes back online.
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