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 […]

Researchers have reported to the American Physical Society that as wind energy scales up, researchers better able to study the fluid dynamics challenges. Twenty years ago, wind energy was mostly a niche industry that contributed less than 1% to the total electricity production in the United States. Wind has since emerged as a serious contender […]

Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers have designed a kind of ‘tiny wind turbine’ that can scavenge wind energy from breezes as little as those created by a brisk walk. The method is a low-cost and efficient way of collecting light breezes as a micro-energy source. Most of the wind available on land is too gentle […]

A research effort by professor Mahesh Bandi, head of the Collective Interactions Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has used turbulence theory combined with experimental wind plant data to explain the statistical nature of wind power fluctuations. Its an important work not to be overlooked. Professor Bandi’s work has […]

Sandia National Laboratories are showing new design for 650 foot wind turbine blades in an effort to bring offshore 50-MW wind turbines to the United States and the world. Sandia National Laboratories’ research on the extreme-scale Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR) is funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program. The […]

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