Wind energy developers and designers are continuously working toward the goal of improving wind turbine efficiency. It’s the only way forward for both profitability, sustainability, and meaningful global penetration of renewable energy.
One of the major factors affecting turbine siting, availability to generate, and overall efficiency is bad weather — whether it’s a hurricane hitting an offshore wind farm or a severe storm causing blackouts in America’s breadbasket. Just as solar energy production is challenged by cloudy days, wind energy production can struggle to deal with the massive storms that ravage coastlines.
Fortunately, the industry has potential solutions to the problem of extreme weather. One of the most attractive options is distributed wind energy — a renewable energy system sourced from multiple smaller wind turbines in areas less vulnerable to the full force of Mother Nature. More