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AI Improving Wind Turbine Blade Designs

2023-10-11 | Energy Efficiency
  • Using generative AI to accelerate and improve the wind turbine blade design process.

  • Researchers are exploring deep-learning models using neural networks to deliver high-fidelity modelling within the same tight timeframes. 

  • Designers specify target performance characteristics and then rapidly explore the range of shapes that correspond to those design targets. NREL has made the tools open-source and publicly available. 

  • Future research will look at improved 2D/3D shape representations, design for blades experiencing erosion or icing, and going well beyond blades and into the design of floating offshore platforms.

  • Impact: designing and testing phase is accelerated with emphasis on efficiency and better sustainable designs.