Monday, December 14, 2009

schoolling jack energy

Inspiration for new wind farm design?

Apparently so. I read this week, after shooting these fascinating patterns of schooling jack in the Coral Sea Indonesia, that scientists are modelling wind farm turbine design with this concept. It is widely understood that fish school to conserve energy; individual fish capture kinetic energy from their neighbour to swim with less effort. The idea being that turbines would be orientated parallel to the ground now, similar to a carousel and not upright as originally designed. Like fish, if close enough, the swirling wake energy would be constructively harnessed by each turbine and believed more energy produced than individual turbines alone.

'school of turbines'.. . .new collective noun.

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