Sandia project aims for SWiFT progress in wind farm tech

 A turbine at the newly-commissioned SWiFT facility. SWiFT is the first moderate-scale facility designed to investigate, test and develop technology for wind plants
Lloyd Wilson / Courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories

A turbine at the newly-commissioned SWiFT facility. SWiFT is the first moderate-scale facility designed to investigate, test and develop technology for wind plants

Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Department of Energy and Texas Tech University have commissioned a testing facility aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of wind farms.

The Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility, located in Lubbock, Texas, will measure how wind turbines interact with one another on a wind farm, with a goal of helping researchers to evaluate how larger wind farms can become more productive.

“Some estimates show that 10 to 40 percent of wind energy production and revenue is lost due to complex wind plant interaction,” said Jon White of Sandia’s Wind Energy Technologies Department, who is technical lead for the SWiFT project.

Albuquerque Business First has more on the arrangement at its website.

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