Where Will Lightning Strike?
Phil Kinnane March 22, 2012
When it rains, it pours. Someone reading the previous blog posts I have been writing about wind turbines, sent me the following link to an article written in the Journal of Windpower Engineering & Development. This is a great piece that discusses the topic of lightning strikes and how their decommissioning of turbine blades affects whole wind farms. The author, Melanie Scott, presents a software that analyzes the prevalence of probable lightning strikes to wind farms based on both historical and real-time data.
From this analysis, operators of the wind farms have a much larger chance of pinpointing which turbine has been hit, and react accordingly.