How vortex generators boost wind-turbine performance and AEP

By Michelle Froese By Michelle Froese, Senior editor
Windpower Engineering & Development
Meeting AEP or annual energy production targets is an ongoing challenge in the wind industry. AEP is the amount of electricity a wind farm generates over one year. While any faulty turbine component can impact energy production, analyzing the aerodynamic design of turbine blades is one of the first steps to optimizing a turbine’s wind capacity.
The blades of large pitch-regulated wind turbines typically have suboptimal aerodynamic properties at the root. Vortex generators, attached to the root section of a turbine blade, can help improve performance by energizing flow around the surface. This helps

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