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NREL report examines future of wind power plants

A report recently released by NREL for the U.S. Department of Energy examines the wind power plants of the future and determines that new energy science and technological innovation could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030, making it fully competitive with other energy sources such as natural gas.


Reduction of uncertainty through high-fidelity physics models of complex flows with application of supercomputing and data science, a systems engineering approach over the multiple length and time scales involved, and integrated real-time plant sensing and control will play a major role on these so-called SMART (“System Management of Atmospheric Resource through Technology”) wind power plants.


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