Researchers at the University of Western Ontario are planning to build what they say is the world’s first-ever wind tunnel that can create tornado-like conditions and offer insight into how to harness the power of wind.
The facility, called the Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment — or WindEEE for short — will be used to research ways to protect people from storms and optimize positioning for wind farms and turbines.
The unique shape of the wind tunnel, to be built in a hexagon-shaped dome, will make it the first facility capable of physically simulating spinning wind systems, like tornadoes.
The project will receive $9.5 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, an independent corporation created by the federal government to fund research infrastructure
The total estimated cost of the project is $23.6 million.