Wind map aids energy plans

Hellier, Chris; Amodeo, Christian
August 2005
Geographical (Campion Interactive Publishing);Aug2005, Vol. 77 Issue 8, p7
This article reports on the development of a new global wind-speed map that could help improve the location of power-generating wind turbines by researchers at Stanford University in California. Using new techniques to estimate wind speeds 80 metres above ground level -- the hub height of modern wind turbines -- the researchers found that nearly 13 per cent of the stations had average wind speeds strong enough for power generation. The main implication of the study is that wind, for low-cost wind energy is more widely available than was previously recognized.


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