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 […]

University of Kansas scientists report a slowdown effect triggered by wind turbines is substantial for large wind farms and results in proportionally less renewable energy generated for each turbine versus the energy that would be generated from an isolated wind turbine. Renewable wind energy is experiencing a boom, with more wind turbines popping up across […]

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