Joint Venture Explores Wind Turbine Fluid Dynamics

Natural Power, RES and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal, have signed a significant research and development joint venture focused on developing the next generation VENTOS® computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model for wind energy applications.

The R&D programme will focus on key areas of immediate interest to the wind energy industry including non-neutral atmospheric flows, turbine wakes and forestry.

VENTOS is a family of computational tools for solving complex fluid equations used in combination with on-site measurements to predict wind conditions at each turbine location of a proposed wind farm.

Peter Stuart, technical manager at the RES Group, commented: “This joint venture will help to expand the envelope within which VENTOS can successfully operate, reducing the errors in our predictions and ultimately leading to better sited wind turbines and more accurate predictions of their yields.”

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