Day: January 15, 2017

Why wind turbines are placed at higher altitudes

Why wind turbines are placed at higher altitudes

Why wind turbines placed at higher altitudes

01/15/17

“Why are wind turbines placed at higher altitudes?”

 

Wind turbines are a very common sight nowadays. However, if you look closely, you can notice a recurring pattern: such edifices seem to be disproportionately placed at higher altitudes. Why is this so? Well, we simply have to analyze the physics and engineering surrounding the decision. When the planet’s wind collides with solid objects, turbulence will generated, disrupting wind flow and inducing a lower speed. The closer the wind is to the ground, the closer it will be to solid objects, causing more turbulence, and since the amount of energy that a wind turbine produces is contingent to the surrounding wind velocity, it would be only logical to place them at higher altitudes.