Experimentation on Wind Powered Hydraulic Heating System

Hamid Roozbahani, Ikechukwu Kingsley Chima, Rafael Åman, Heikki Handroos

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It is common knowledge of the world's dependency on fossil fuel for energy, its unsustainability on the long run and the changing trend towards renewable energy as an alternative energy source. This aims to cut down greenhouse gas emission and its impact on the rate of ecological and climatic change. Quite remarkably, wind energy has been one of many focus areas of renewable energy sources and has attracted lots of investment and technological advancement. The objective of this research is to explore wind energy and its application in household heating. This research aims at applying experimental approach in real time to study and verify a virtually simulated wind powered hydraulic house heating system. The hardware components comprise of an integrated hydraulic pump, flow control valve, hydraulic fluid and other hydraulic components. The system design and control applies hardware in-the-loop (HIL) simulation setup. Output signal from the semi-empirical turbine modelling controls the integrated motor to generate flow. Throttling the volume flow creates pressure drop across the valve and subsequently thermal power in the system to be outputted using a heat exchanger. Maximum thermal power is achieved by regulating valve orifice to achieve optimum system parameter. Savonius rotor is preferred for its low inertia, high starting torque and ease of design and maintenance characteristics, but lags in power efficiency. A prototype turbine design is used; with power output in range of practical Savonius turbine. The physical mechanism of the prototype turbine's augmentation design is not known and will not be a focus in this study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 Global Fluid Power Society PhD Symposium, GFPS 2018
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4785-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-4786-8
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sept 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event2018 Global Fluid Power Society PhD Symposium, GFPS 2018 - Samara, Russian Federation
Duration: 18 Jul 201820 Jul 2018


Conference2018 Global Fluid Power Society PhD Symposium, GFPS 2018
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation


  • Fluid power circuit
  • Optimum orifice diameter
  • Savonius Rotor
  • Thermal power
  • Throttle valve
  • Tip speed ratio
  • Torque coefficient


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