Re ECF Project: ECF 2016-51

Project Title: Development of a wind-field simulation platform to assess installation sites of wind turbines in highly urbanized areas of Hong Kong

Applicant: Professor WEN Chih-Yung, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Total Approved Grant: $1,062,660

Duration: 15/4/2017 to 14/4/2019

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

This project proposes to develop the micro wind filed analysis platform, particularly for the application on the roof tops of high-rise buildings in highly urbanized areas of Hong Kong. The major objectives of this project are:

1. Stemming from the project team’s experience, to propose the CFD evaluation procedures which can be very useful for conducting design trades with the factors of lowest mounting height, highest power density, lowest turbulence intensity and cost so as to optimize potential mounting sites and wind power estimates in Hong Kong.

2. To validate the CFD evaluation procedures with field measurements. Local climate, landscape, building shapes and other obstacles in the complex urban environment can substantially affect wind speed and local turbulence intensity and these are considered in selecting suitable installation sites of micro-wind turbines.

3. To develop a manual of CFD evaluation procedures to estimate wind power production and turbulence intensity at potential mounting sites on the roof-tops of high-rise buildings in Hong Kong.

4. To disseminate the technological materials obtained from this project through a dedicated web-site and workshop to local academic and practising professionals, and through journal/conference papers to the international sustainable energy research communities.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project