shoals of fish will offer their secret for windfarms

fishsoal windfarmWind turbines are the Colossus of the modern landscape, their blades sweeping circles more than a football field in diameter. Critics call them unsightly and say that the rotating blades clobber unsuspecting birds.

John Dabiri of Caltech found a solution underwater. He built an experimental wind farm — the Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE) — in which the location of turbines relative to each other takes advantage of the air flow among them.

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Further description:

http://dabiri.caltech.edu/research/wind-energy.html

http://dabiri.caltech.edu/publications/FLOWE_APSDFD_Nov2011.pdf

 

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Sources:

http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-08-18/14-smart-inventions-inspired-by-nature-biomimicry.html#slide14

Picture-sources:

http://www.greenwoodguides.com/south-africa/blog/post.aspx?ref=10

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