NREL Studies Wind Farm Aerodynamics to Improve Siting (Fact Sheet)

    Research output: NRELFact Sheet


    NREL researchers have confirmed through both observation and simulation that the influence of the atmosphere and wakes is more complex than the way it is represented in computer models used by the industry today. The better understanding gained through observation and simulation is being inserted into industrial models - such as NREL's Dynamic Wake Meandering model - that will be used by thosewith more limited computing resources. These new models and the knowledge gained from studying wind turbine wakes is expected to lead to improved turbine design standards, increased productivity in large wind farms, and a lower cost of energy from wind power.
    Original languageAmerican English
    StatePublished - 2013

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-59021


    • aerodynamics
    • CU Boulder
    • doppler LIDAR
    • dynamic wake meandering model
    • high-performance computing
    • HPC
    • large-scale turbulence structures
    • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • LIDAR
    • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    • simulations
    • turbine design standards
    • turbine models
    • turbulence
    • University of Colorado at Boulder
    • wakes
    • wind power
    • wind turbines


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