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IEA Wind Task 37 Systems Engineering

Submitted by Katherine Dykes on June 27, 2017 - 9:02am

The purpose of IEA Wind Task 37 is to coordinate international research activities, towards the analysis of wind power plants as holistic systems.  To fully assess how a change, or an uncertainty, in a design parameter affects the myriad of objectives in system performance and cost, a holistic and integrated approach is needed. Integrated systems research, design and development (RD&D) can provide opportunities for improvements in overall system performance, and reduction in the levelized cost of energy. However,  there are significant challenges to developing such integrated approaches, both within and across organizations. There is a need to explore both the opportunities and the challenges for applying systems engineering to integrated wind energy RD&D across the entire wind energy system. This need surfaces both in the tools and methods used in wind plant RD&D.

SOWE 2017

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Submitted by Paweł Gancarski on January 10, 2017 - 5:50pm

The Fifth Symposium on OpenFOAM in Wind Energy

Conference description:

The Fifth Symposium on OpenFOAM® in Wind Energy (SOWE 2017) is hosted by the Department of Wind Energy at CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain). As in the previous editions, the symposium offers a space to share the latest developments based on OpenFOAM® for Wind Energy applications. The symposium brings together experts, beginners, developers and final end users to discuss the research results and techniques to solve the new demands of the Wind Energy sector.

The First Edition of SOWE was hosted by ForWind and Fraunhofer IWES in Oldenburg (Germany).

The Second Edition of SOWE was hosted by NREL and RASEI in Boulder (Colorado, USA).

The Third Edition of SOWE was hosted by Politecnico di Milano in Milan (Italy).

The Fourth Edition of SOWE was hosted by Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands).

Date and venue:

The conference will be held on 26, 27 and 28 April 2017.

NEWA (2015-2019)

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Submitted by Javier Sanz Rodrigo on June 16, 2016 - 10:12am

The New European Wind Atlas (NEWA) project will develop a new reference methodology for wind resource assessment and wind turbine site suitability based on a mesoscale to microscale mode-chain. This new methodology will produce a more reliable wind characterization than current models, leading to a significant reduction of uncertainties on wind energy production and wind conditions that affect the design of wind turbines.


Submitted by Gerard Schepers on November 10, 2015 - 11:15am

The EU FP7 project AVATAR was started by an EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) consortium in November 2013. The project lasts 4 years and is carried out by the following consortim consisting of 11 research institutes and two industry partners:

A2e Meso-Micro

Submitted by Pat Moriarty on July 28, 2015 - 3:16pm

The objectives of the Mesoscale-Microscale Coupling benchmarks are the creation, assessment, and validation of state-of-the-science atmospheric simulation methodologies to incorporate important environmental drivers of microscale flow characteristics into microscale wind plant simulations.  These improvements are aimed at improving the wind energy industry’s predictive capability. The investigations will utilize a series of case studies culled from several recent and current observational campaigns, incorporating increasingly complex meteorology, topography and terrain conditions.  These include the SWiFT site in Texas, the WFIP II site in the US Pacific Northwest, and data from the New European Wind Atlas.