Aeolus: Wind Turbine Car

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Name of Project:
Aeolus (Modern Greek: [ˈe.o.los]): God or Keeper of the winds in Greek Mythology

Vision:
To create the first mass produced automobile that uses the elements of the natural world for its propulsion.

In doing so it will eliminate the need for oil or electricity produced from oil.

The design of the car is to use the wind resistance, which every other model of automobile has fought, to power and store energy along with strategically placed solar cells.

The vehicle will also be equipped with an air filtration unit which will filter the air as it passes through the system.

Ultimately, with enough of these vehicles on the road, it will start to battle the effects of greenhouse gases and hopefully one-day curb their effects.

How It Works:
As the air flows towards the turbine it is funneled over a lip which provide the effects similar to that of the wing of an airplane to help accelerate the movement of the air 1.5 times its actual speed.

The air then moves over the specially designed prop to power the turbine behind it by The Coanda Effect (the phenomena in which a jet flow attaches itself to a nearby surface and remains attached even when the surface curves away from the initial jet direction),

This magnetically charged hollow cylinder passes the air over the top and into the cylinder to create a high to low air pressure system as the air moves back down towards the prop and out into the air chamber. As this cylinder spins it generates electricity to power the battery storage.

With the Air moving from a high to low pressure and out of the cylinder, along with the air that passes buy the prop, it then moves up the walls of the larger air chamber and is forced back down to create a cyclonic effect within the chamber itself as the spin of the air direction and the opposing pressure systems interact. This can also assist in the generation of electric current.

At the rear end of compartment some air will pass through a system of pours in the top end in which it is funneled through the cone system, which produces mini cyclonic effects and moves the air out and into a voltage system that acts as a pre-filter killing germs and viruses. The air then passes through a micron filter and clean, filtered air exits through the exhaust.

Additional Power:
This can be generated by using the “empty” space in the headlamp area by adding smaller solar cells to use the LED light emitted to provide additional power for storage. Head lights would always be on while the vehicle is running. Research at Georgia Tech have created a small solar cell known as an optical rectenna, these are expected to be twice as efficient as current solar cells with a 1/10 of the cost.

Any transparent window or glass can be manipulated into solar cell research at Michigan State University per: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/188667-a-fully-transparent-solar-cell-that-could-make-every-window-and-screen-a-power-source. This being a constant charge it can build enough charge to fire turbine on initial start and assist with spare power.

Also in development. http://solarwindow.com/2015/03/solarwindow-accelerates-product-durability-testing-following-promising-early-results/

Compressed air storage can also be added to help power the turbine if it slows per the research of Jie Cheng at the University of Nebraska-9 http://www.treehugger.com/wind-technology/wind-turbine-technology-stores-excess-wind-power-when-gusts-turn-breezes.html

This can be achieved even in stationary position by adding intake valves at the nose of the vehicle by using vacuum system to store and compress air.

Lastly small portable solar collector can be used to charge battery should it run low. This collector can be collapsible for easy transportation within the trunk of the vehicle.

Power Goal: constant charge of a 90 kWh backup battery. In case of power failure approx. 300 miles of driving to charge

Note:
A 10-kW wind turbine can generate about 10,000 kWh annually at a site with wind speeds averaging 12 miles per hour. Miniaturizing and decreasing weight should create more RPMs at lower speeds, resulting in larger result of kWh.

Creation:
The turbine itself and the outer casing can potentially be made by using recycled plastics and corn byproducts such as ethanol, allowing this to be 3-D printed lowering production costs, and creating full automation.

Production Goals:
Funding Achieved for initial design: Feb 2016
Working Turbine System: March 2016

Production of First Concept Vehicle: June 2016
Closed Corse Test: July 2016

Production Cost Goals:
Price of Individual Unit: Less than $20,000
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