New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Electric Wind Shock!

Team: 99

School: Moriarty High

Area of Science: Engineering


Interim: Team Number: 99 School Name: Moriarty High School Area of Science: Engineering Project Title: Electric Wind Shock! Problem Definition: Last year our team researched using wind energy as a backup source for power outages. We learned that our area has enough sustainable wind to provide for a wind farm. We also found out that currently there is no technology to store the energy that is created, it is a use it or lose it situation. This year our project will be expanded to determine what type of wind turbine would produce the most energy and also be cost efficient for our county. Our Plan: We plan to use NetLogo, and possibly Xcode to simulate the different amounts of electricity produced by the different types wind turbines. We will show the Santa Fe county statistics and topography to make it realistic. All the hills will have a cause and effect on the wind and how much electricity can be produced. From research there is different types of windmills and they are made for different temperatures, landscape, and wind speed. We want to simulate the different wind turbines in Santa Fe County and find one that is the least expensive but most efficient for our county. Progress Up to Date We have been researching for an algorithm that will calculate the amount of electricity produced by a windmill. This algorithm allows you to change the pitch, size and amount of energy produced by the windmill. We talked with Tim Thomas, a UNM professor, and he told us about the conversion of going from a windmill to a house. Instead of watts it is called joules. We also talked with Nick Bennett and he told us to use netlogo because it is better at mapping the geographics of the land, and it also takes GIS data which allows you to map out the landscape of Santa Fe County. Expected Results We hypothesize that a horizontal axis wind turbine will be the best for Santa Fe County. There are many different kinds of horizontal wind turbines. There are also vertical wind turbines but the vertical do not produce electricity in high wind speeds at high elevations. The horizontal turbine can get higher speeds in higher elevations. The horizontal wind turbine is better because the blades rotate parallel to the wind. In the end, we want to make a program that follows the algorithm that we found, and allows the user to change the variables that affects the amount electricity produced by the windmill. The user will also be able to change the month, so they can test the variables according to the months with the least wind, and the most wind, in Santa Fe County. Bibliography "N.M Attracting Wind Farms; Newest One with 40-Story Turbine." ABQJOURNAL NEWS/STATE: N.M. Attracting Wind Farms; Newest One With 40-Story Turbines. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Dec. 2013. . "New Mexico 50-Meter Wind Map." Wind Powering America:. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. . "Type of Wind Turbines." Teacher Geek. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Dec. 2013. . "Wind Power Turbine Calculations." The Royal Power of Engineering. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. . PowerPoint on modeling a wind farm and the algorithm : click here. MLA formatting by BibMe.org.


Team Members:

  Natasha Cordova
  Jared Davidson

Sponsoring Teacher: Jennifer Cordova

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