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Fish schooling as a basis for vertical axis wind turbine farm design

Whittlesey, Robert W. and Liska, Sebastian and Dabiri, John O. (2010) Fish schooling as a basis for vertical axis wind turbine farm design. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 5 (3). Art. No. 035005. ISSN 1748-3182.

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Most wind farms consist of horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs) due to the high power coefficient (mechanical power output divided by the power of the free-stream air through the turbine cross-sectional area) of an isolated turbine. However when in close proximity to neighboring turbines, HAWTs suffer from a reduced power coefficient. In contrast, previous research on vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) suggests that closely spaced VAWTs may experience only small decreases (or even increases) in an individual turbine's power coefficient when placed in close proximity to neighbors, thus yielding much higher power outputs for a given area of land. A potential flow model of inter-VAWT interactions is developed to investigate the effect of changes in VAWT spatial arrangement on the array performance coefficient, which compares the expected average power coefficient of turbines in an array to a spatially isolated turbine. A geometric arrangement based on the configuration of shed vortices in the wake of schooling fish is shown to significantly increase the array performance coefficient based upon an array of 16 × 16 wind turbines. The results suggest increases in power output of over one order of magnitude for a given area of land as compared to HAWTs.

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Whittlesey, Robert W.0000-0002-1797-8473
Liska, Sebastian0000-0003-4139-9364
Dabiri, John O.0000-0002-6722-9008
Additional Information:© 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd. Received 11 February 2010, in final form 13 May 2010. Published 20 August 2010. We thank J Meier and P Abad-Manterola for assisting with the field work. We also thank California Energy & Power for allowing us the use of their wind turbine. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation: Energy for Sustainability Program. The technology described in this paper is protected under both US and International pending patents filed by the California Institute of Technology.
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Official Citation:Robert W Whittlesey et al 2010 Bioinspir. Biomim. 5 035005 doi: 10.1088/1748-3182/5/3/035005
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