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2012-08-14 12:06:16

An advance simulation could save time and money in their construction and maintenance, according to Mikel Abasolo, an engineer at the University of the Basque Country Mikel Abasolo, a researcher of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), has built a simplified simulation model for wind turbines. All one has to do is enter the characteristics that the tower and its parts will have, and in a matter of seconds the model predicts the load that has to be given to each of the bolts,...

2012-08-13 15:46:46

Airfields for ultra-light aircraft are typically constructed on level ground — and so are wind farms. However, do wind power plantsgenerate turbulence that could endanger lightweight planes? A simulation can compute how these power plants influence aircraft at various wind speeds and wind directions. For a motorized hangglider or a one-seater weighing 300 kilograms: the business of flying by ultra-light aircraft is booming. That is also why numerous airfields are applying for the...

Vertical Wind Turbines May Boost Offshore Power
2012-07-31 15:53:42

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A once-promising wind turbine prospect is getting a second look as engineers attempt to refine the technology for use in offshore power generation. Modern wind power is primarily generated by horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT), but in the 1970s and 80s, during the early stages of wind power technology, another design was actively pursued because of its simplicity and reliability. Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT), which have blades...

2012-06-21 02:02:03

In a study that could solidify the trend toward construction of gigantic windmills, scientists have concluded that the larger the wind turbine, the greener the electricity it produces. Their report appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. Marloes Caduff and colleagues point out that wind power is an increasingly popular source of electricity. It provides almost 2 percent of global electricity worldwide, a figure expected to approach 10 percent by 2020. The size of...

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