The result of a research partnership by the Wind Program and Sandia National Laboratories, with investments by Vestas, Texas Tech University (TTU), Group NIRE and ABB, the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) site, located at TTU's Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, enables rapid, cost-effective testing and development of transformative wind energy technologies. Supported by a $5.06 million Wind Program investment, the SWiFT site performs at the highest quality of accredited research testing for both collaborative and private research projects with industrial, governmental, and academic partners.
SWiFT's primary objectives are to reduce power losses and damage caused by turbine-turbine interaction, enhance energy capture and damage-mitigation potential of advanced rotors, and improve the validity of advanced simulation models used to deploy advanced wind technologies. The initial SWiFT site is comprised of three heavily-instrumented, research-scale wind turbines that can operate together to simulate a wind farm or independently from one another for different test scenarios. In addition, multiple anemometer towers are located on-site and TTU has a range of additional instrumentation available for researchers. In the future, the SWiFT Facility could accommodate up to seven additional turbines.