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A unique wind tunnel in Spain

The University of Salamanca (USAL) has on its Ávila campus a unique wind tunnel in Spain, due to its size, thanks to the agreement reached with the Avila company Vortex, specialized in bladeless wind turbines.

Wind tunnel installed in the Higher Polytechnic School of Ávila

On September 14, at the Higher Polytechnic School of Ávila, the rector of the University of Salamanca Ricardo Rivero, presented the Wind Tunnel installed in the building for academic and research purposes.

The initiative is one of the results of the active collaboration that the research group “Information Technologies for the Intelligent Digitization of Objects and Processes” (TIDOP) and the technology company Vortex have maintained in recent years.

The wind tunnel, which has a height of 3.30 meters high, 1.6 wide and a wind speed of 14 meters per second (50 kilometers per hour), has a wind turbine without blades and two fans. Although there are already wind tunnels in Spain, for example at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the one installed at the Polytechnic is the one with the highest height of all of them.

Bladeless wind turbine installed inside the wind tunnel

Thanks to the the new wind tunnel, the University of Salamanca is promoting the development of future lines of both these investigations of wind energy production, as well as that of renewables, in general, oriented towards the field of engineering.

Presentation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fghV4cX-v4k

New published on 09/15/2021