Wind farms may tame hurricanes' fury

03/3/2014 | Engineering.com

In addition to generating energy, wind farms can also sap the destructive energy of hurricanes, according to a simulation by Stanford University engineering professor Mark Jacobson. "We found that when wind turbines are present, they slow down the outer rotation winds of a hurricane," Jacobson said. "This feeds back to decrease wave height, which reduces movement of air toward the center of the hurricane, increasing the central pressure, which in turn slows the winds of the entire hurricane and dissipates it faster."

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