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"It's situational awareness," she said.

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They are doing "massive simulations" to figure out how to capture reinvigorated wind after it passes through one turbine before it enters into the next, he said.

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Ten years ago this wasn't being done, said Sue Haupt, director of the Weather Systems Assessment Program for NCAR.

"We want to make them more money," said Jonathan Naughton, a mechanical engineering professor and director of UW's Wind Energy Research Center.

NCAR is 200 percent over requested allocations for running simulations on Yellowstone, said Aaron Andersen, deputy director for operations and services at the NCAR Wyoming Supercomputer Center in Cheyenne.

With a 24 hours' notice, utility companies will be able to know when to switch from coal or natural gas to a renewable source.

The foresight could be lucrative.

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Atmospheric turbulence known as eddies is the problem. They cause vibrations that beat on gear boxes and elicit other damages that prematurely deteriorate turbines. Yellowstone will one day be able to lay out a plan for turbine engineers to create turbines that can withstand eddies, Haupt said.

"We had ideas but we needed the horse power of Yellowstone to have the simulations we could work with," he said.

As wind power use gains momentum, wind farms continue to become larger and larger, Naughton said. He and his colleagues are researching the best way to lay out turbines for harvesting wind.

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The supercomputer is a game changer because it has the ability to model whole wind farms and simulate weather patterns that span from coast to coast. The advanced modeling techniques provide scientists with a detailed picture of when and why turbines turn.

weather patterns across the nation that range from 15 minutes to six hours from the present. After enough test runs, NCAR scientists hope the data will delineate precise cloud movements and other weather fronts that will give utility companies accurate timetables for when to take renewables online and offline.

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"We've done a lot of work to make sure the machine is full," he said.

A supercomputer in Wyoming may change that.

something they've never had before: More time to plan ahead.

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Its name is Yellowstone and it is the brainchild of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and IBM. It makes 1.5 quadrillion computations per second and is 72,288 times faster than your average laptop computer.

Yellowstone may be the key to forecasting the weather better than ever before while making renewable energy sources more reliable. Pinning the computer as a panacea may seem like a fool's errand, but it has the faith of preeminent researchers across the globe. The breadth of Yellowstone's capabilities is so large that researches from around the world are waiting in line to run experiments on the machine.

On a warm day in November, the turbines moved sluggishly despite the wind.

Humans have failed to predict the weather for millennia.

Weather isn't static, Haupt said, and Yellowstone's data will one day be able to give utilities Nike Cortez Lite Txt Black

Smaller wind farms usually sit in a linear row so wind doesn't have to recycle from one turbine to another. But in larger farms where turbines are stacked in rows. The wind will pass through one turbine and lose energy before it enters the next, Naughton said.

The supercomputer sits a few miles from the Happy Jack Wind Farm outside of Cheyenne. The turbines are visible in the distance.

The data spewing out of Yellowstone will also help preserve turbines. In an ideal world, a turbine should last 20 years, Haupt said. But their actual lifespan has been less than 10, she said.

Known as a wake, Naughton and his peers are looking to capture the 40 to 50 percent of energy lost in passing from one turbine to the next.

Researchers at NCAR and the University of Wyoming are hoping to alleviate the problem by giving utility companies better data to make enhanced decisions about where to install turbines to get the most bangs for their bucks. While the Happy Jack Wind Farm was having a slow morning, Yellowstone was likely working computations to study how wind moves around mountains, travels at night and ricochets off turbines.

Wyoming supercomputer research makes wind energy more viable

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UW is one school in a number of higher education institutions accessing Yellowstone, but it has a home field advantage.

For turbine engineers, UW's data will be like a car engineer learning more about the fuel that goes into an engine, Naughton said.

The machine is working between 96 and 98 percent of its capacity at any given time, he said.

"Eddies are just a fact of life," she said.

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