Aerospace Engineering Expert & Wind Turbines

Aerospace engineering expert Michael “Miki” Amitay, associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, this week received a $250,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to continue his work on smarter blades for wind turbines.

For the past three years, Amitay has led several studies into new technologies that could optimize wind turbines for Upstate New York’s gusty, turbulent winds. In this region, the wind is inconsistent and wind shear values can be rather high. This leads to wind turbines operating inefficiently, and also increases the risk for structural damage to the turbine blades.  Amitay has developed a new technology to help dramatically lessen the impact of low and gusty winds on wind turbines.

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