19 Aug '11, 9pm

Air Force: Science and Regulation Dovetail to Give Wind Power a Boost

Air Force: Science and Regulation Dovetail to Give Wind Power a Boost

"The global wind power available 30 feet off the ground is greater than the world's electricity usage, several times over." -- John Daibri, California Institute of Technology." [1] In northern Los Angeles County, there is a two-acre plot of land covered with two dozen wind turbines. But they don't look like the ones that you've most likely seen, the horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWTs) that resemble giant pinwheels slowly turning, all in the same direction. They are actually the newer and less common veritical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) that have been described as "eggbeaters sticking out of the ground."[2] These 10-meter-high kitchen appliance lookalikes are part of the Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE), an experimental wind farm where John Daibri, a professor of aeronautics and bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology, has been figuring ...

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