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Conventional wind turbines feature horizontal axis propellers which must be placed far apart from one another to avoid wake interference. Researchers have found that using vertical axis wind turbines specially arranged to utilize the wake of one turbine to improve the efficiency of its neighbor can produce far more energy per square meter of land. The inspiration for this arrangement came from fish, which also derive benefits from the drafting that occurs in their schools. #

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