New Danish Wind Turbine Can "See" Wind & Adjust Direction for Optimum Power Generation
Denmark's Riso National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy have announced the world's first successful test on a wind turbine that uses a laser-based anemometer built-into the spinner to adjust the turbine to the oncoming wind in order to increase electricity generation. This new Danish laser technology means that wind turbines are able to ”see” the wind, before it hits the blades. By 'predicting' the wind, the wind turbine can optimize its position and adjust the blades so that the wind is used more efficiently, and the wind turbine lives longer. It is estimated that this will increase the turbine's electricity production by up to 5%.