23 Apr '15, 12pm

Wind Energy Data: The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

Wind Energy Data: The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

NREL researcher Jason Roadman, right, works with falconer Sam Dollar and Houdini, a peregrine falcon. The falcon is part of a research project to test radar technology being developed by Laufer Wind and NREL that may decrease the number of bird interactions with wind turbines. Credit: Ismael Mendoza, NREL. Peregrine gyrfalcon Houdini is the VIP guest of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and he performs his strategic flights at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), 12 miles north of NREL's main campus. The 15-year-old raptor delights crowds at halftime during U.S. Air Force Academy football games, but his work for NREL may prove to be his career highlight. For his flights adjacent to the NWTC, he is equipped with a tiny GPS device the size of a USB flash drive, about 2 percent of his body weight. The aim is to use Houdini to teach a ...

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The (Scientific) Flight of the Falcon

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