Study: Wind power fiercer than expected

Watts Up With That?

As US’ first offshore wind farm takes root, study indicates wind may be more powerful, turbulent than expected

This is an example of an offshore wind farm. CREDIT Kim Hansen, Creative Commons This is an example of an offshore wind farm. CREDIT Kim Hansen, Creative Commons

University of Delaware researchers report in a new study that offshore wind may be more powerful, yet more turbulent than expected in the North Eastern United States.

The findings, published in a paper in theJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, could have important implications for the future development of offshore wind farms in the U.S., including the assessment of how much wind power can be produced, what type of turbines should be used, how many turbines should be installed and the spacing between each.

The study, led by Cristina Archer at UD and Brian Colle at Stony Brook University, analyzed historical data from 2003-2011 at the Cape Wind tower located near the center of Nantucket Sound off…

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