Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 1452, 2020

Wind Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
On behalf of the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) and the International Conference on Future Technologies in Wind Energy (WindTech), we are pleased to present the accompanying papers that were prepared in association with the NAWEA WindTech 2019 Conference. The conference was organized by the Wind Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) and with the support of the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The theme of the conference was the Grand Vision for Wind Energy, reflecting the consensus of the organizers that wind can provide a very large fraction of the world’s energy.  At the same time there are issues to be addressed before this vision can be fully realized.  Many of these issues were laid out in a article entitled “Grand Challenges in the Science Of Wind Energy,” which grew out of a recent International Energy Agency Technical Expert Meeting; many of the participants in the present conference were authors of that article.  The topics of this conference were chosen due to their relevance to the motivation of that article, namely the scientific challenges of supplying one third to one half of the North American electricity supply with wind in the next few decades.
The topics of the conference were the following
  • Wind Resource
  • Metocean design conditions
  • Turbine technology
  • Structures, safety, reliability
  • Controls: turbine and wind plant
  • Offshore wind energy
  • Wind plant design
  • Distributed wind power/hybrid power systems
  • Social science
  • Education/research: undergraduate – post doctoral

The accompanying papers were organized by the following scientific area leads:

  • Julie Lundquist, University of Colorado Boulder: Wind resource
  • James Edson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Metocean design conditions
  • Caroline Draxl, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Metocean design conditions
  • Todd Griffith, University of Texas Dallas: Turbine technology
  • Sanjay Arwade University of Massachusetts Amherst: Structures, safety, reliability
  • Rupp Carriveau, University of Windsor, Structures, safety, reliability
  • Eric Simley, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Controls
  • David Schlipf, University of Flensburg: Controls
  • Jason Jonkman National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Wind plant design
  • Matt Churchfield, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Wakes
  • Amy Robertson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Offshore wind energy
  • Ian Baring-Gould, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Distributed wind power/hybrid power systems
  • Bonnie Ram, University of Delaware: Social science
  • Tom Acker, Norther Arizona University: Education

We would like to thank all of the scientific area leads and the many people who contributed to the success of the conference, particularly Jody Lally of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, who coordinated all the logistics.

James F. Manwell Chair, NAWEA WindTech 2019 University of Massachusetts Amherst
Paul Veers Chair, NAWEA WindTech 2019 National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
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