First Public Multi-Turbine Wind Lab Goes Live

Engineering News-Record - The $4.5-million facility, dubbed SWiFT for 'scaled wind-farm technology,' is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, Vestas Wind Systems, Texas Tech University and Group NIRE, a clean-energy financial consultant and project developer.

The United State's first public-operated, multiple-turbine wind-research test facility recently completed its first phase of construction. It is designed to test the physics of how wind turbines interact in a wind array.

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The $4.5-million facility, dubbed SWiFT for "scaled wind-farm technology," is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, Vestas Wind Systems, Texas Tech University and Group NIRE, a clean-energy financial consultant and project developer.

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