Scientists divided on theoretical saturation point for wind power

05/16/2013 | National Geographic News

Some scientists are raising concerns that building too many wind turbines near each other will result in an overall decline in wind power output as turbines begin to interfere in one another's airflow. But other researchers say that the theoretical saturation point where turbines begin to undermine their own effectiveness is still billions of turbines away, if it exists at all. The American Wind Energy Association said a wind-power saturation point is the result of "crude theoretical modeling techniques."

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