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Roof Mounted Wind Turbines: A Methodology for Assessing Potential Roof Mounting Locations

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Islam Abohela, Dr Neveen Hamza, Dr Steven Dudek


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This paper is part of a research investigating variables affecting the performance of urban wind turbines, specifically roof mounted wind turbines. The aim of this paper is to present the results of the research focusing on the technology of wind turbines to be installed in the vicinity of buildings, the best practice guidelines for using CFD as a tool for assessing urban wind flow and the effect of some variables including wind direction, roof shape, building height and surrounding urban configuration on the energy yield and positioning of roof mounted wind turbines. Results show that for each roof shape there is an optimum mounting location for roof mounted wind turbines and among the investigated roof shapes, the barrel vaulted roof had the highest accelerating effect on wind flow above the roof. Also, it is evident that changing wind direction, building height and surrounding urban configuration had an effect on choosing the optimum mounting location and the energy yield.

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Author(s): Abohela I, Hamza N, Dudek S

Editor(s): Werner Lang

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: PLEA 2013, 19th Conference, Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 315-328

Publisher: Fraunhofer IRB Verlag


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ISBN: 9783816790532