Texas Tech Professor Partnering with Israeli Technology Company to Study Wind Farm Efficiency using LiDAR Technology

Driving across West Texas, it’s impossible to ignore the multitude of wind turbines that dominate the horizon. Those turbines have gone from a few scattered units to thousands that are as much of the landscape of this part of the state as the Llano Estacado escarpment.

But what one might not notice when coming close to the wind turbines is the wake they produce through the air. Unlike an ordinary oscillating fan that produces a compact wake that is easily detectible, the wake of a wind turbine is not as obvious.

However, it is there, and it is significant, so much so that it tends to negatively affect the energy output of other wind turbines downstream. Limiting that waste from effects of the wake is one of the biggest challenges in maintaining the efficiency of wind farms.

A Texas Tech University professor and a company in Israel may be on the verge of changing all that.


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