Software update for the world’s wind farms could power millions more homes

by The Insights

A small efficiency gain for each wind turbine would result in a big boost globally

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A simple software upgrade could improve the efficiency of wind turbines by ensuring they face directly into the wind most of the time. If the technique were deployed around the world, it could increase electricity generation by 5 terawatt hours a year, roughly the same amount consumed annually by Albania or 1.7 million average UK homes.

Wind turbines operate most efficiently when directly facing the oncoming wind, but changing wind patterns mean they must regularly…

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