Feasibility study of micro-wind turbines for powering wireless sensors on a cable-stayed bridge

Jong Woong Park, Hyung Jo Jung, Hongki Jo, Billie F. Spencer

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In this study, the feasibility of using micro-wind turbines to power wireless sensors on a cable-stayed bridge is comprehensively investigated. To this end, the wind environment around a bridge onto which a turbine is installed is examined, as is the power consumption of a wireless sensor. Feasible alternators and rotors are then carefully selected to make an effective small wind generator (known as a micro-wind turbine). Using the three specially selected micro-wind turbines, a series of experiments was conducted to find the turbine best able to generate the largest amount of power. Finally, a horizontal-axis micro-wind turbine with a six-blade rotor was combined with a wireless sensor to validate experimentally its actual power-charging capability. It is demonstrated that the micro-wind turbine can generate sufficient electricity to power a wireless sensor under moderate wind conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3450-3464
Number of pages15
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Energy harvesting
  • Micro-wind turbine
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Wind energy
  • Wind power
  • Wireless sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Optimization
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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