Could turbulence be used as a renewable energy source?

17 October 2010

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Could turbulence be used as a renewable energy source?

Answer

We posed this question to Tobias Schneider from Harvard University...

That's a very good question, but I think that this would be hard because basically, what turbulence does, is it consumes energy, so it increases the dissipation of energy. Nevertheless, it's important to understand and to control turbulence in ideas of how to harvest renewable energy simply to make for example, wind turbines or things like that more efficient, but turbulence in itself is not an energy source, so that shouldn't work.

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