New computer modeling research increases accuracy of wind-turbine wake simulation

By Michelle Froese Wind-turbine velocities modeled with Nalu-Wind. The Nalu-Wind work is part of DOE’s Atmosphere to Electrons initiative, a multi-year, multi-stakeholder R&D effort focused on improving wind plant performance and mitigating risk. (Image: Matt Barone, Stefan Domino, & Chris Brune with Sandia)
Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using advanced national supercomputing resources to develop an open-source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code that simulates wind plants with greater accuracy than previously possible.
This Nalu-Wind code is emerging as the foundation for next-generation wind power plant flow modeling, enabling operators and developers to predict blade health, power production,

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