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Renewable energy in the City of Rockingham: Lark Hill Regional Sporting Complex wind turbine feasibility study

Billing, Ross (2008) Renewable energy in the City of Rockingham: Lark Hill Regional Sporting Complex wind turbine feasibility study. Internship Report, Murdoch University.

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    Abstract

    The City of Rockingham has long been considering alternative energy options. A number of these options were documented in a report produced by Murdoch internship student Rebecca Tilbrook in 2004(Tilbrook 2004). One such option detailed the investigation of siting a wind turbine at the then proposed Lark Hill Regional Sporting Complex.

    Further to the work of Tilbrook, Council officers O’Neill, Strano and Ricci sought the Council’s endorsement to investigate the feasibility of construction of a wind turbine in the City of Rockingham for power generation and/or educational purposes. This endorsement was appealed for in the July 2008 General Council Meeting and was approved. In light of this decision, a Murdoch University internship student was contracted to undertake this study and provide the findings to Council.

    This report continues on from the work initiated by Tilbrook to determine the feasibility of siting a wind turbine at the Lark Hill Regional Sporting Complex. The findings of this report indicate that a number of sites would be suitable for the installation of a small wind turbine (<100kW) at Lark Hill as a precursor to gaining better knowledge of the wind resource at the site for the investigation of the feasibility of a larger turbine (>100kW).

    An energy audit was the first investigation conducted to determine the feasibility of siting a wind turbine within the Lark Hill Regional Sporting Complex. Once the energy audit was complete, a wind resource assessment was undertaken to predict the wind climate at the proposed sites. Finally, a number of small wind turbines were compared and contrasted in terms of technical and financial performance.

    The key outcomes of the internship included the conduct of a feasibility study that Council could use to determine the suitability of installing a wind turbine at the Lark Hill Regional Sporting Complex. This feasibility study was conducted and the results have been put forward for review by the Council at the November 2008 ordinary Council meeting.

    Publication Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3254
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