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Engineers work on new wind farm design

Engineers in the US are working on a new form of wind farm which could dramatically improve power output.

Familiar propeller-style wind turbines with large sweeping blades must be spaced widely apart to avoid turbulence from the other turbines.

The Field Laboratory for Optimised Wind Energy at the California Institute of Technology has been inspired by studying how schools of fish swim to come up with a new closely spaced configuration turbines which actually exploits the turbulence.

They hope that the redesigned wind farms could get up to 10 times more power from the amount of same land.

Video courtesy of California Institute of Technology.