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SWiFT Research

The current interest areas for research at SWiFT are

  • Wake energy loss
  • Wake-induced loads
  • Advanced rotor development
  • Turbine control in wind farms
  • Advanced sensing

It is well known that large amounts of wind energy are not effectively harvested in large wind farms because the turbines “shadow” each other and reduce the output of the turbines located in their wake. The wakes also produce increased turbulence and uneven loading on the shadowed turbines, increasing fatigue issues that eventually affect a wind farm’s longevity and reliability.

TTU Doppler Radar

To establish a baseline with the Texas Tech University (TTU) [Ka-band (link1)] Doppler radar, unique and novel wind farm flow mapping has been performed in either full- or semi-precipitating environments. Preliminary results to date have opened insight to full utility-scale wind-farm performance that has never been seen in any other data set, measured or modeled.

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