Both MIT and CalTech have press releases out explaining research that could increase wind turbine output by more than 1% up to 3%. The new technology is based on an algorithm that forces individual turbines to coordinate with the others thus boosting the total output. The new approach models the wind flow of the entire […]

An Iowa State University team is now working to develop strategies and controllers that would reenergize power grids dominated by wind power. When electric grids go down, there’s no way to restore them – ‘blackstart’ them – with power from wind turbines. In Iowa, wind turbines now produce 55% of the state’s electricity. It used […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Scientists from China show a bionic approach combining features of a seagull’s wing to one called a Gurney flap, can greatly improve wind turbine performance. A Gurney flap is an engineered flow control accessory. Combining engineered flaps with the other structures inspired by seagull wings improves lift and reduces stalling in wind energy […]

Texas A&M University researchers have used advanced data science methods and ideas from the social sciences to compare the performance of different wind turbine designs. With a global impetus toward utilizing more renewable energy sources, wind presents a promising, and increasingly tapped resource. Despite the many technological advancements made in upgrading wind-powered systems, a systematic […]

The now-familiar sight of traditional propeller wind turbines could be replaced in the future with wind farms containing more compact and efficient vertical turbines. New research from Oxford Brookes University has found that the vertical turbine design is far more efficient than traditional turbines in large scale wind farms, and when set in pairs the […]

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