Harvesting Wind Energy from the Complex Urban Environment using CFD Approach

Urban wind energy consists of the consumption of wind energy technology in applications to the urban and suburban environment. Wind energy in urban environments is challenging to predict. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods holds potential for advancing wind energy resource assessment in a complex urban environment by modelling wind flow around dense urban obstacles. Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) offer the potential to surpass Horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs) in urban environments. This study mainly focuses on finding suitable placements for wind turbines in urban environments using the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool. CFD simulations have evaluated the wind energy potential location on the Melbourne CBD, Victoria, Australia.