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Eqwin turbine – the break through for wind energy implementation in Malaysia

Abdul Wahab, Abas (2008) Eqwin turbine – the break through for wind energy implementation in Malaysia. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (ICME2008), 21– 23 May 2008, Johor Bahru, Malaysia., 21-23 May 2008, Johor Bahru.


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Malaysia experiences wind of strength 3-4m/s average annually. Hence the wind turbine already existing in the world market is not feasible economically to be implemented in Malaysia since it operates in the wind strength of 8-15m/s. Thus the aim of the research work is to establish a suitable low wind speed wind turbine for electricity generation in Malaysia. After nearly 15 years of research work, a low wind speed wind turbine based on the average wind speed of Malaysia has been successfully designed, built and tested. This particular wind turbine is called “Eqwin Turbine”. Eqwin is the short form of Equatorial Wind and thus this particular type of wind turbine is not only good for Malaysia but also for all countries in the equatorial regions. Eqwin starts to operate in wind speed of as low as 2.5 m/s and has been designed to have its maximum rating at 5m/s wind. The structures have been designed to withstand the Malaysia once in 50 years wind speed of 23 m/s. The design had been taken into consideration of the easiness of local manufacturing (manpower and technology), availability of material and installation to ensure effectively low production cost. Estimated Eqwin will have a minimum lifetime of 15 years with very nearly maintenance free. The tested prototype was of 3m diameter capable of producing 0.5 -1.5 kW maximum power in wind speed ranges from 3 – 5 m/s at a height of 10m above ground. Currently work is being concentrated at building a 10m diameter prototype to operate at 30m height for enhancing wind energy harness. To justify the quantum of Eqwin usage in Malaysia, wind power maps for Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak had also been developed. The maps show that Eqwin Turbines could be used for electricity generation in about 60% of the country, especially good in rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak where power grid is not available. Eqwin Turbine is the break through for wind energy implementation in Malaysia and being described in detail in the paper.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: eqwin turbine
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ751-805 Miscellaneous motors and engines
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Aeronautical Engineering
Depositing User: Suhaimi Mohd. Sukor
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2010 02:57
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2015 00:49
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/72
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