wind energy





Biological Propulsion Laboratory


Wind Energy

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The Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE) was established with the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to demonstrate an innovative approach to wind farming that has the potential to concurrently reduce the cost, size, and environmental impacts of wind farms.

Ongoing research at FLOWE is also supported by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation. These activities include meteorological, power, and radar measurements of up to 24 vertical-axis wind turbines in dozens of configurations. A searchable database of measurements from 2011 through 2014 is available at flowe.caltech.edu

This site will be periodically updated with progress reports on research at FLOWE (see Publications below). For additional information, please contact Professor John Dabiri.


Dabiri JO, Greer JR, Koseff JR, Moin P, Peng J (2015) “A new approach to wind energy: opportunities and challenges,” AIP Conference Proceedings, in press. [preprint]

Araya DB, Craig AE, Kinzel M, Dabiri JO (2014) “Low-order modeling of wind farm aerodynamics using leaky Rankine bodies,” Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy 6: 063118. [PDF]

Dabiri JO (2014) “Emergent aerodynamics in wind farms,” Physics Today 67 (10): 66-67. [PDF]

Dabiri JO (2013) “Bioinspired Wind Energy,” Midwest Mechanics Lecture (Fall 2013). [YouTube]

Kinzel M, Mulligan Q, Dabiri JO (2012) “Energy exchange in an array of vertical-axis wind turbines,” Journal of Turbulence 13 (38): 1-13. [PDF]

Dabiri JO (2011) “Potential order-of-magnitude enhancement of wind farm power density via counter-rotating vertical-axis wind turbine arrays,” Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 3: 043104. [PDF]

Whittlesey RW, Liska SC, Dabiri JO (2010) “Fish schooling as a basis for vertical-axis wind turbine farm design,” Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 5: 035005. [PDF]

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