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WIND TURBINE-WIND TUNNEL TESTS

For the first time ever, engineers at NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley, will test a research wind turbine in the world's largest wind tunnel to learn how to design and operate wind turbines more efficiently. The three-week test of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) "Unsteady Aerodynamics" research wind turbine is scheduled to begin April 17, 2000. Tests will be conducted in Ames' 80- by 120-Foot Wind Tunnel. The research wind turbine is mainly constructed from steel, but has lightweight carbon-fiber blades which measure 33-feet (10-meters) in diameter. The system weighs about 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms).

Wind turbine in wind tunnel

Date: 04.17.2000

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Wind turbine in wind tunnel

Date: 04.17.2000

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News Release: NASA Testing Wind Turbine in World's Largest Wind Tunnel
 

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