Schools of Fish Help Squeeze More Power from Wind Farms
Source: BBC, Hamish Pritchard (8/8/11)
"A new wind farm design mimics a school of fish to exploit wind turbulence."
A new wind farm design mimics a school of fish to exploit wind turbulence and could dramatically improve power output.
The big step forward comes from the layout of the array which is based on fluid dynamics around schooling fish.
"The fish aim to align themselves to optimize their forward propulsion and this can be adapted in a turbine array to maximize energy extraction," said aeronautical engineer Robert Whittlesey of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). . .View full article