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Jonathan Madley (SURF STEM)

Expanding California’s Wind Farms

Jonathan Madley, Professor Sarah Kurtz

The research aims to increase California’s renewable energy portfolio by scaling and expanding wind energy to have comparable production to solar energy to meet the state’s clean energy standard by 2045. We focus on expansion of current wind farms with modern wind turbines and see how the addition of modern plants can increase the power produced at each location. Evaluating data from the Energy Information Association (EIA) and Wind Turbine Database we see how expansion of wind farms with new technology can grow the wind energy profile in California. Expanding wind could supplement the power grid when solar PV cells are no longer producing energy during non solar hours.


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