NAWEA/WindTech 2021 Conference
The 2021 conference will build on the successes of the 2019 conference, reuniting the NAWEA Symposium and the International Conference on Future Technologies in Wind Energy (WindTech), while broadening the 2019 vision to explore two additional themes: grid integration and the social science of wind energy development. NAWEA/WindTech 2021 will be hosted at the University of Delaware in partnership between the Center for the Research in Wind (CReW) and NAWEA on September 22-24, 2021. The intent is to hold the conference in-person, thus the final dates might need to be shifted to ensure safe protocols.
NAWEA/WindTech 2021 will include five tracks:
Track #1 – Grid integration (Leads: Hodge, Zhang, and Frew, NREL)
Examine the role of wind in very-high variable renewable electricity grids where over 50% instantaneous wind penetration is common; explore the scientific/engineering challenges of wind plants supplying essential grid services and their interactions with other types of generation and storage devices.
Track #2 – Social/environmental aspects of wind energy (Leads: Firestone and Ram, UD)
Present and discuss cutting edge research on the transition towards a low-carbon future as it relates to transformations in offshore and land-based wind infrastructural landscapes and seascapes; socio-technical systems; social, economic, and cultural factors; and regional and cumulative environmental changes.
Track #3 – Offshore wind (Leads: Robertson and Jonkman, NREL)
Includes design solutions for fixed and floating systems, design/optimization methods, modeling/analysis methods, offshore construction/installation, offshore operations and maintenance, metocean/geotechnical considerations, and measurement/validation campaigns.
Track #4 – Wind turbine and wind plants (Leads: Cal, Portland State, and Martínez-Tossas, NREL)
Includes research on wind energy systems at multiple scales. At blade scale: loads, aeroelasticity, airfoils, aerodynamics. At wind turbine scale: new turbine concepts, turbine design, very large wind turbines, horizontal axis turbines, vertical axis turbines. At wind plant scale: wakes, wake-wake interactions, controls, steering, model development, layout optimization are of interest.
Track #5 – Atmospheric/ocean science for wind energy (Leads: Draxl, NREL, and Pichugina, NOAA)
Includes marine and land-based atmospheric boundary layer investigations, mesoscale/microscale interactions, ocean-atmosphere interactions, field studies, modeling, forecasting, wind resource assessments, and remote sensing.