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Scientists to Study Wake Effect of Wind Turbines for Improved Efficiency

Wind TurbineTo improve energy production by wind farms, NOAA researchers and colleagues are launching a study to make visible the invisible “wakes” produced behind wind turbines. Ripples, waves and other disturbances form in the atmosphere downstream of turbines, similar to the watery wakes behind boats.

“This turbulence can damage turbines downstream, and harm productivity,” said Bob Banta, an atmospheric scientist with NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder.

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