Prof. Vijay Modi
Earth Institute Contact: Prof. Vijay Modi
Additional External Researchers:
Luc G. Fréchette (Columbia University), Ken Shepard (Columbia University)
Prof. Modi (Mechanical Eng.) is coordinating an effort to develop a wind speed sensor that will assist in micrositing studies for wind energy based systems. We are investigating the use of microfabrication techniques to develop a sensor that can detect environmental wind speeds using differential capacitance measurements.
The longer term objective is to combine sensing with A/D conversion and wireless transmission, perhaps on a single application specific IC chip so that power consumption is low enough to operate at low supervisory rates for years. Seed-funding for this research is provided by the New York State Energy Reseach and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The broader goal is to develop sensor concepts that exploit MEMS, CMOS and wireless technologies for other energy and environmental applications. In this effort, Prof. Modi is collaborating with experts in microfabrication, Prof. Frechette (Mech. Eng.) and Prof. Farmer of NJIT), and in electronics/integration (Prof. Shepard, Electrical Eng.).
Earth Engineering Center (EEC)
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New York State Energy Reseach and Development Authority (NYSERDA)