Vertical Wind-turbine produces tenfold power increase over normal horizontal type.

The power output of wind farms can be increased by an order of magnitude — at least tenfold — simply by optimizing the placement of turbines on a given plot of land, say researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) who have been conducting a unique field study at an experimental two-acre wind farm in northern Los Angeles County.

Read this interesting article here Wind-turbine placement produces tenfold power increase, researchers say.

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One Response to Vertical Wind-turbine produces tenfold power increase over normal horizontal type.

  1. alfy says:

    A fascinating piece of work. Years ago when I looked into the issues of renewable energy generation current at the time (the 1980s and 1990s) I was intrigued by the fact that vertical, low radius wind vanes seemed to be the most efficient, as it seemed counter intuitive.

    As the proliferation of wind farms at home and abroad grew they seemed to be almost wholly of the horizontal, wide radius blade type. I wonder why? Now this piece of research seems to confirm those discoveries from 30 years ago by suggesting the vertical blade are TEN TIMES AS EFFICIENT. Note, not just a bit better, by some fake 30% as often presented by the wind farm lobby, but TEN TIMES BETTER. The Americans had better keep the Professor well-protected because vested interests might well think everything might be tidier if he wound up dead, and his research fell by the wayside.

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