31 Oct '11, 4pm

IBM supercomputers are used to make wind farms more efficient, lowering the cost of clean energy!

IBM supercomputers are used to make wind farms more efficient, lowering the cost of clean energy!

In the same way that solar panels are getting more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, wind turbines are also getting better at harnessing the wind. There are two main levers that engineers can pull to squeeze out improvements: 1) Modifying the physical characteristics of the turbines, such as the shape of the blades, the components inside the nacelle, making them bigger, etc. 2) Optimizing where wind farms are located and where individual turbines are located in relation to each other within the wind farms. Geograph /CC BY 3.0 Number 2 might sound like something that you could do with a map and a pen, but it's actually incredibly complex to make good wind farm siting decisions. There are tons of variables to take into account, and massive amounts of data to crunch. That's why sophisticated modelling software and supercomputers are being used to assist human...

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