Technology helps plot wind farms
Now staff at Canterbury University reckon they have got a better way using technology and international weather data.
Professor Andy Sturman says the data is run through a computer and combined with the local topography to give wind direction, strength and variability.
July 10, 2006
Canterbury University has come up with a new system which makes it quicker and cheaper to work out the best locations for wind farms.
And with companies looking for alternatives to hydro power, the timing couldn't be better.
Many believe wind turbines are the power source of the future, but finding the right site for a wind farm currently involves time-consuming research.
Blair Walter from engineering consultancy Connell Wagner says traditionally "you put up masts and you wait one to two years to get a good assessment of the site".
Now staff at Canterbury University reckon they have got a... [continue via Web link]