“You’ve probably seen them, perhaps on long road trips: wind turbines with enormous, hypnotic rolling blades, harnessing the clean power of wind for conversion into electric energy. What you may not know is that for the explosion in the number of wind turbines in use as we embrace cleaner sources of energy, these wind farms are quite possibly not as productive as they could be.
The problem with these large installations is that each machine, which has been designed to extract as much energy as possible from oncoming wind, may not “play well” with the others, Luzzatto-Fegiz explains. Depending on how the turbines sit relative to each other and to the prevailing wind, those not directly in the path of the wind could be left to extract energy from the significantly depleted airflow.”
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