Wind Energy Systems Engineering Workshop
NREL sponsored a systems engineering workshop on December 14, 2010, at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) that included a range of invited speakers from academia, industry, and international research laboratories. Systems engineering represents a holistic approach to design, where significant engineering components and life-cycle costs of the product are modeled in the design process.
Systems engineering approaches are used routinely outside of the wind industry and can result in significant performance improvements and savings in capital and operating costs. In spite of the fact that many levels of wind energy design are closely coupled, from individual components to long term system operational plans, a framework that spans the range of scales for wind plant design does not exist today.
To fill this gap, NREL's workshop had two goals. First, outline the requirements for a systems engineering approach in wind plant design through the development of an open and flexible systems engineering framework that can be used for the multidisciplinary analysis and design of complete wind energy plants; and second, to discuss feasible methods for implementing a tool to accomplish the former.
The workshop participants agreed on a framework that will: 1) provide governmental agencies (e.g. DOE) with a validated tool to evaluate the impact of new technologies on overall cost of energy and deployment scenarios, and 2) provide the wind industry with a systems engineering design tool that can be used to design, optimize, and operate future wind plants more effectively across the diverse stakeholder groups.
A white paper to describe the path forward will be drafted for public comment in the coming months. A portion of the paper will examine current tools and capabilities, as well as cost modeling capabilities and gaps, to create a path forward for development of a comprehensive tool.
Learn more about the workshop and watch the slide presentation:
Meeting Agenda and Presentations
- Arrival and Security Processing
- 8:00 Continental Breakfast
- 8:30 Fort Felker, Director, National Wind Technology Center
- Department of Energy Perspective
- 8:40 Chris Hart, Manager – Offshore Wind, DoE Wind and Hydro Power Program
- Academic Overview
- 9:00 Juan Alonso, Stanford University
- 9:30 Katherine Dykes, MIT
- 9:55 Deniz Ozkan, George Washington University
- 10:20 Break
- NREL Overview
- Industry Perspective — Manufacturers
- 11:25 Andy Paliszewski, Siemens Energy
- 12:00 Lunch
- Industry Perspective — Developers
- 1:00 Brad Horn, NextEra
- 1:25 Andy Oliver, RES Americas
- 1:50 Scott Haynes, Iberdrola
- Industry Perspective — Consultants
- 2:15 David Malcolm, GEC-DNV
- 2:40 Break
- Computer Science Perspective
- 2:55 Mike Eldred, Sandia National Laboratories
- International Laboratories
- 4:10 Paul Veers, Chief Engineer, National Wind Technology Center
- 6:30 Non-hosted group dinner in Boulder at The Mediterranean
The workshop minutes are coming soon.