New CRADA Signed Between NREL and two Cornell Faculty

A new Co-operative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) has been signed between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and two Cornell faculty researching wind energy Professor Rebecca Barthelmie (MAE) and Professor Sara C Pryor (EAS). The agreement entitled ‘Wind plant flow physics and power performance in complex environments’ is focused on co-operative research into how the complex flows around wind turbines (wakes) interact, especially in large arrays, and how this impacts power output and the near-environment. This work continues a long-standing co-operation between the two agencies including an internship this summer at NREL for Cornell graduate student Jeanie Aird.

"We really value working with the scientists at NREL and this is a particularly exciting time for this collaboration as we jointly work on both numerical modeling and experimental design for the upcoming national field experiment AWAKEN," said Professor Barthelmie. "These are entirely focused on developing dynamical understanding of wind turbine wakes and how wind farm arrays can be quantified."

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