Interim Webinar Series
The 2021 NAWEA/WindTech Conference is postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An Interim Webinar Series is offered in its place, with high-level, impactful presentations on a variety of topics, from offshore wind to partnership opportunities to achieve a carbon-free energy system. The weekly webinars will start with a kickoff “plenary” session and feature invited national and international expert speakers. All events are free of charge but registration is required.
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- Kickoff “Plenary” Session – Critical Partnerships for a Carbon-free Energy System
Thursday September 23, 2021, 10-11am EDT | Video recording
A panel of three renewable energy experts will examine research priorities and critical partnerships to achieve a carbon-free energy system. The research needs of wind energy are of a scale and complexity (considered “Grand Challenges“) that no single company, research institution, or even country can solve alone. The discussion will focus on providing the needed resources through international cooperation and multi-lateral partnerships.
- Wind Turbines and Wind Plants
Wednesday September 29, 10am-11:30pm EDT | Video recording
In the spirit of Track 4 (Wind turbine and wind plants), current topics of interest and existing problems will be discussed in this short session through talks by Dennice F. Gayme and Emmanuel Branlard. This track is described as encompassing 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.
- Trans-disciplinary approaches to accelerate the wind power transition
Thursday September 30, 2021, 11am-12:30pm EDT | Video recording
Deployment of wind turbines and associated grid infrastructures that are needed to transform the energy economies are grand challenges that require a systems perspective. Incorporating complex human and environmental considerations, such as trust and fairness in decision making and competing uses of land and ocean spaces, is becoming essential for realizing the full potential of wind energy. In this discussion, the panelists will present scientific approaches to transdisciplinary problem solving, provide strategic insights on regulatory challenges, and share progress in training a new generation of researchers.
- A conversation with DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm
Wednesday October 6, 2021, 10:30am-11am EDT |Video recording
Secretary Granholm leads the DOE as it plays a critical role to help achieve President Biden’s goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. With advancement, innovation and deployment of cutting-edge clean energy technologies, the U.S. can create millions of good-paying union clean energy jobs and build an equitable clean energy future. Secretary Granholm will discuss the role that wind energy will play in reaching that goal.
Jennifer M. Granholm
Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
- Grand Challenges of Wind Energy Science – The Grid
Wednesday October 13, 2021, 10am-12pm EDT | Video recording
Wind and solar are changing the most fundamental nature of the planning and operating of electricity grids and these changes demand new characteristics of the wind and solar and all other technologies connected to the grid. This session presents the grand challenges for the science of wind energy from the grid point of view – what new features are possible from wind turbines and wind power plants including the hybrid power plant option. The challenges are not in isolation of the grid and they are system specific – to manage the grand challenge with the grid side options are also presented.
- Offshore Wind
Tuesday October 19, 2021, 10am-12pm EDT | Video recording
Offshore wind is fast becoming a significant component of the global energy portfolio. As we look to integrate larger amounts, we need to continue to address the challenges limiting growth – including optimizing designs, developing and improving logistics, met-ocean considerations, and modeling and design capabilities. In this webinar we’ll hear from global public funding institutions on their vision regarding what role they can play in supporting the advancement of the offshore wind industry.
- Recent Research Advances in Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Wednesday October 27, 2021, 10am-12pm EDT | Video recording
Atmospheric and ocean sciences play an important role in wind energy as they set the stage for the conditions under which land-based and offshore wind turbines operate. In this webinar you’ll hear about offshore wind energy research needs and outstanding key issues, recent and upcoming field campaigns targeted to move wind energy science forward, modeling across scales, climate projections for the wind energy industry, as well as the latest research topics in academia.
Last modified: 20 October 2021