Wind Energy investments are rapidly expanding and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques are increasingly being used to optimize system design and operation, improve overall site selection, and to support troubleshooting. Contributions by Intelligent Light's Applied Research Group are speeding the development and deployment of new, productive wind energy projects and are reducing the cost of energy generation. We provide expertise and resources to help develop organizational capabilities that produce leading edge results in a highly demanding market.
The Applied Research Group is led by Dr. Earl P. N. Duque who has specialized in CFD simulations of helicopter and Wind Turbine Aerodynamics performing the first Navier-Stokes Simulations of Wind Turbine Rotor Wake Interaction in 1997. He and Intelligent Light continue the pursuits through sponsored government research as well as consulting projects for:
- Turbine design – simulation and prediction of aerodynamic performance
- Micrositing – microscale modeling of wind patterns; participation in Arizona Wind Working Group
- Wind turbine aeroacoustics – collaborations with Sandia National Laboratory and Pennsylvania State University
View the Wind Power Engineering Feature Article: "Simulating the Turbine-Simulating the Site"
“I have been able to quickly see the development of unique airflows that affect the efficiency of rotor turbines. This has huge implications for the development of highly efficient wind energy and, more broadly, for the way that CFD is practiced and the impact it can have beyond the CFD community.”
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University.