Wind Turbine Simulators – MARWind

MARWind – Mobile Augmented Reality Wind Siting App


THE PROBLEM

The MARWind app enables users to place wind turbines on a map or by specifying latitude and longitude

Fig. 1. The MARWind app enables users to place wind turbines on a map or by specifying latitude and longitude

Location and placement of wind turbines can have a significant effect on their energy output and maintenance needs.  However, the siting process includes many additional variables such as the visual impact of on the local environment.  Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that allows simulation data and 3D models to be overlaid on top video of a real environment in real-time. By applying AR to the issue of wind turbine siting, students and the public alike can gain a better understanding of location on wind turbine performance and visual impacts.


THE PROJECT

MARWind shows viewers what proposed wind turbines will look like at a given location

Fig. 2. MARWind shows viewers what proposed wind turbines will look like at a given location. A virtual wind turbine is shown here combined with an existing wind farm.

MARWind (Mobile Augmented Reality Wind siting) is an app developed for iOS that combines 3D models of large-scale wind turbines with location and orientation data to provide an augmented reality view of proposed wind farms on top of a live video feed from the device’s camera. Users can place wind turbines around their current location using a map interface or latitude/longitude coordinates to gain a better understanding of the impacts of proposed wind farms.


THE RESULTS

The MARWind app is available for iPad in the App store. Current functionality combines the user’s current location with map and GPS data, and allows placement of wind turbines within visual distance to provide an AR view of the horizon with large-scale wind turbines. Future development may include pre-defined wind farms, simulated wind data, and other siting impacts such as flicker and simulated noise-level.

Sponsor: Department of Education, FIPSE

MARWind Project Flyer

MARWind Project Flyer