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The effect of wind farms on surface meteorology and meso-beta scale boundaries

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
graduate
Sponsor
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Location
Room 112 of the Transportation Building
Date
Feb 27, 2013   3:00 pm  
Speaker
Matthew Cervarich, Graduate Student, DAS, University of Illinois
Contact
Shirley Palmisano
E-Mail
sjpalm@illinois.edu
Phone
217-244-5737
Views
700

Energy prices, supply uncertainties, and environmental concerns are driving the United States to look towards renewable resources for energy needs. One U.S. Department of Energy campaign is to expand wind energy to meet 20% of U.S. energy needs. To reach this level, wind farms will continue to be integrated into the landscape. Wind farms convert wind’s kinetic energy into electricity and turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) altering the flux of momentum, moisture, energy, and mass. The increased turbulence mixes air aloft to the surface altering near surface meteorology and surface fluxes. The removal of kinetic energy from the wind field alters the way boundaries, which are driven by the winds, propagate in and near winds farms. Boundaries approaching wind farms experience decreased convergence ahead of the boundary allowing them to advance more quickly. Likewise, boundaries moving away from wind farms are slowed due to the decrease of winds behind the boundary.

 

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