UW to Host International Wind Energy Conference Oct. 7-9

September 26, 2013 by  
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September 25, 2013 — Even though the generation of electricity through wind power
has increased nationally and worldwide, many challenges — including
reliability, overall wind farm performance and offshore wind — still exist.

The International Conference on Future Technologies for Wind
Energy — Oct. 7-9 in the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn — will
focus on addressing technology developments necessary for wind turbines and
wind farms to keep improving.

“We’re focusing on technology,” says Jonathan Naughton, UW
professor of mechanical engineering and Wind
Energy Research Center
director. Naughton is among conference organizers.
“What is the effect of one turbine on another? How do you make entire wind
farms efficient?”

Session topics will focus on blade manufacturing processes,
blade materials, wind turbine aerodynamics, turbine reliability, structural
design, wind resource assessment and enabling technologies for wind energy

DTU Technical University of Denmark, the Danish Agency for
Science Technology and Innovation (DATSI) Ministry of Science Technology and
Innovation, and the UW School of Energy
are the primary sponsors of the conference. Other sponsors
include UW Wind Energy Research Center, UW College
of Engineering and Applied Science
, UW Department of Mechanical Engineering,
and Western Research Institute of Engineering, Energy and the Environment

For a complete schedule and to register, go to http://www.uwyo.edu/ser/conferences/wind-energy.html.

More than 20 speakers have been invited to the conference,
including two from UW — Mark Balas, electrical
and computer engineering
professor; and Jay Sitaraman, mechanical engineering professor. DTU
Technical University of Denmark will be represented by eight invited speakers.
In addition, speakers are from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Wind Technology Center at
the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Siemens, a wind turbine manufacturer
in Boulder, Colo.; Montana State University and Indiana University.

More than 40 contributing speakers, many from UW, also are

“Wind technology has become a mainstream technology at this
point,” Naughton says. “It’s come down to a price point where it’s competitive
with other forms of energy. But, it’s not mature.”

Naughton compared what he termed “the third generation of
wind turbines” with aviation technology as it existed immediately after World
War II.

“What we fly today is radically different,” he says of
today’s aircraft. “Wind turbines do well and are competitive. But, could they
do better? Can we put them up for 20 years and have them be reliable? Can we
make them bigger without adverse effects?”

Last year, a similar conference took place in Hyderabad, India.
Naughton surmised UW was chosen as the conference location for a number of
reasons, including Wyoming has some of the best wind resource in the continental
United States; UW’s track record of wind energy research; and the university’s
proximity to labs that focus on wind energy research.

“We’re honored to be a co-host,” he says. “It’s important
they (DTU) see us as enough of a player to be a sponsor on this.”

For more information, contact Naughton at (307) 766-6284 or naughton@uwyo.edu; or Kelly Garvey at serforum@uwyo.edu or (303) 842-2617.

Jonathan Naughton, UW mechanical engineering professor and
director of the Wind Energy Research Center, stands near Seven Mile Hill Wind
Farm west of Medicine Bow. Naughton is among organizers for the International
Conference on Future Technologies for Wind Energy Oct. 7-9 in the UW Conference
Center at the Hilton Garden Inn. (Gary Settles Photo)

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