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Schools of Fish Make Wind Farms More Efficient

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“I became inspired by observations of schooling fish, and the suggestion that there is constructive hydrodynamic interference between the wakes of neighboring fish,” says fluid-dynamics expert John Dabiri of the California Institute of Technology. “It turns out that many of the same physical principles can be applied to the interaction of vertical-axis wind turbines.”

Mimicking the way that fish interact in schools could change the design of wind turbines altogether, switching from tall vertical styles to vertical-axis turbines with propellers placed in a “staircase” pattern that could allow for much more compact wind farms. Dabiri believes that his design could help wind farms produce up to 10 times more energy.


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