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The Physics of Wind Turbine Placement

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Global warming has become the most prominent environmental issue of our times. Growing public awareness of the effects of ‘climate change’ already affecting the world around us is being driven through increasing global temperatures along with greater frequency and intensity of natural events such as floods, droughts and heat waves. . From the UK Stern Review in 2006 to the latest reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), stark warnings are coming from scientific and economic experts that climate change is a reality and that the consequences to our society will be significant. Making greater use of wind and solar power, geothermal energy, biomass and marine technologies such as tidal and wave power, represents one of our best strategies for meeting the climate change challenge, whilst also helping to secure the availability and security of future energy supplies. Wind power is currently the most advanced renewable technology and has developed enormously over the past twenty years. In this talk Tim French (RES) will cover how the application of flow models, wake simulations, computational fluid dynamics and accurate energy yield predictions, in addition to addressing issues such as overcoming the radar impact from turbines, are all instrumental in identifying viable sites.

There will be a wine reception after the talk with the guest speaker.

Free for members, £2 for non-members.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Physics Society series.

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