Computer Modelling Could Help Boost Urban Wind Power – CleanTechnica
September 17, 2012 Leave a comment
Joshua Hill reports on the efforts of a research team at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Their work involves creating a 3D model of wind flows. This is important because the existing 2-d models don’t do a good job of indicating how hills, trees, and buildings effect wind flow, especially in the third dimension (for instance, how useful is the updraft on the front of a glass tower for wind power?). Their model is already showing that wind turbines in urban areas face greater stress than previously thought. This study could map out conditions that would create maximum efficiency for small-scale wind power.