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Wind Energy Science The interactive open-access journal of the European Academy of Wind Energy
Wind Energ. Sci., 2, 285-294, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-2-285-2017
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29 May 2017
Why the Coriolis force turns a wind farm wake clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere
Maarten Paul van der Laan and Niels Nørmark Sørensen

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In recent years, wind farms have grown in size and are more frequently placed in wind farm clusters. This means that large-scale effects such as the interaction of the Coriolis force and wind farm wakes are becoming more important for designing energy efficient wind farms. The literature disagrees on the turning direction of a wind farm wake due to the Coriolis force. In this article, we explain why the Coriolis force turns a wind farm wake clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere.
In recent years, wind farms have grown in size and are more frequently placed in wind farm...
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