Friday 22 May 2015

Wind generation ‘can improve with taller turbines’

Wind generation ‘can improve with taller turbines’

Wind power generation can be improved with taller wind turbine towers.

That’s according to a new report by the US energy department.

The paper ‘Enabling Wind Power Nationwide’ claims towers of 110 and 140 meters with larger rotors can generate power more efficiently.

This is compared to the average 80-meter wind towers installed in the country's 39 states today. The enhanced generation is due to stronger and more consistent winds typically found at greater heights, the report said.

According to the study the larger turbines would open up “an additional one-fifth of [the wind potential] land area of the US” and generate more electricity per dollar invested.

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: "By producing the next generation of larger and more efficient wind turbines, we can create thousands of new jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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