Researchers (l-r) Brian Hirth, John Schroeder, and Jerry Guynes.

Texas Tech University scientists have brought the wind power industry one step closer to its potential with the creation of a system to measure wind flow and control turbine-to-turbine interaction for maximum power generation.

A wind turbine interacts with the flow field, creating a wake. As that wake translates downstream, it impacts other wind turbines. The new technology can provide information to help increase the performance of wind plants and essentially lower the cost of energy. Radars were limited in their ability to provide useful data in some atmospheric conditions. The new radar can be used in a wider variety of atmospheric conditions.