Johns Hopkins get $6M to improve wind farm design

BALTIMORE -- Johns Hopkins University says it will lead an international team of researchers studying how to improve wind farm design.

The university said Tuesday that the National Science Foundation has awarded $6 million in grants to help fund the work. The researchers will study how to match the varying output of wind farms with power grids that provide a constant flow of electricity to customers. The university says they will study not only how wind and weather affect electricity output, but the impact of individual turbines on other turbines near them.

Johns Hopkins says researchers from Texas Tech, Smith College and the University of Puerto Rico along with European researchers from Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain will also participate in the studies.