Wind farm design mimics a school of fish to improve power output

08/10/2011 | BBC

The power output of wind farms might be improved by up to 10 times by using arrays of closely spaced vertical-axis wind turbines that could capture nearly all of the energy of the wind, say researchers at the California Institute of Technology. "Organizing the arrangement of wind turbines based upon the vortices shed by schooling fish is definitely a new approach," Caltech aeronautical engineer Robert Whittlesey said.

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