Offshore wind energy systems in the U.S. are expected to experience significant performance efficiency gains with the aid of supercomputer technology.

General Electric engineers are harnessing the power of the Summit supercomputer at U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to conduct otherwise infeasible simulation research that will lead to improved efficiencies in offshore wind energy production. The researchers will collaborate with scientists from ORNL and the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory to advance the ExaWind platform, which focuses on the development of computer software to simulate different wind farm and atmospheric flow physics. These simulations provide crucial insights for engineers and scientists to better understand wind dynamics and their impact on wind farms.

The supercomputing project will analyze coastal low-level jets, which produce a distinct wind velocity profile of potential importance to the design and operation of future wind turbines. Simulations will be conducted to develop new approaches to controlling and operating offshore turbines to best optimize wind production.

Summit can deliver 200,000 trillion calculations per second, providing unprecedented computing power for research in energy, advanced materials and artificial intelligence.

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