Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Landess, Patrick Michael

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Advisor(s)

Dr. Jonathan Miles

Abstract

The 2014 Virginia Energy Plan set the goal of 25% of the energy produced in the state to be derived from renewable resources by 2025. Wind energy is one of the most prominent renewable resources in the state, with a potential wind capacity of approximately 1800 MW. The Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy (DMME) looks to incentivize both small-scale and commercial renewable energy projects. As a result of this policy initiative and the competitiveness of renewable energy, the Center for Wind Energy (CWE) at James Madison University established the Distributed Wind Assistance Program (DWAP).

This honors project serves one student’s Honors College requirement as an additional feasibility study to a team-based capstone project in fulfillment of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology requirement. Previous student efforts identified four potential sites through an application and ranking process. The potential sites include Bradford Bay Farms, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at Port Isobel, Fancy Gap Elementary School, and Prince William County Landfill. Through CWE’s DWAP, our team conducted site-specific technical wind data analyses and financial cost-benefit analyses for turbine deployment, as well as stakeholder engagement through site visits and other communications. This honors project presents an additional feasibility study into turbine deployment at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at Port Isobel in Tangier Proper, VA. The purpose of the feasibility study is to identify potential environmental, societal, and logistical challenges to wind turbine implementation at the site. Extensive analysis was conducted for this study including geospatial analysis, historical census analysis, and analysis of logistical challenges associated with turbine construction.

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