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In the Wake of the Wind
In the Wake of the Wind
By Anne M. Stark, LNNL
April 27, 2011

Livermore, CA, USA -- On the Front Range within the Rocky Mountains, prevailing winds sweep eastward over the mountains smack into the National Wind Technology Center.

Several wind turbines, some taller than a 40-story building, spin and hum at the site, just outside of Boulder, Colo., waiting for an experiment to start in the next month.

The turbines not only produce power, they produce wakes similar to what forms in bodies of water that are invisible ripples and waves and other disturbances in the atmosphere downstream that can damage turbines and decrease efficiency. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers and collaborators will launch a study of those wakes this month, with an eye toward improving the efficiency of wind farms.

The scientists also will collect valuable data that will help validate the wind flow models developed at Livermore and other laboratories and universities

"This study is part ...
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/04/in-the-wake-of-the-wind?cmpid=WindNL-Thursday-May5-2011

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