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Windtech International March April 2024 issue





Albatrozz Figure 1Technology Inspired by Large Seabirds Leads to Increased Lift at Low Wind Speed
Since early 2019, the Albatrozz consortium has been active in the application of a principle that mimicks the landing behaviour of the albatross to increase the energy production of wind turbines especially at low wind speeds. Years of academic research have led to a patent and subsequently to governmental stimulation funding, and now the consortium is almost ready to do full-scale testing on a Vestas V52 wind turbine. This article describes the background story including technical details, plans and outlook.
By Eize J. Stamhuis, Albatrozz, the Netherlands


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