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NREL Wind Leaders Participate in Wind Industry Partnership Summit

January 31, 2018

More than 90 people—including over 50 industry attendees, in addition to laboratory and DOE representatives—attended the Wind Industry Partnership Summit, held January 24–25 in Washington, D.C. The summit informed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office of wind energy technology research and development activities that enable innovations needed to advance U.S. wind systems.

“The summit brought together leaders from government, academia, the national laboratories, and wind industry stakeholders and revealed that innovation and collaboration are necessary to successfully address the critical technology challenges we face today,” said Alex Lemke, who produced the event on behalf of the Wind Energy Technologies Office. “We have a unique ability to work together to generate reliable and economical electricity from America’s wind resources and shape the future of the wind industry.”

The summit involved three technology sessions, each with representation from NREL staff:

  • Extreme-scale wind turbines, represented by Daniel Laird
  • Wind power plants of the future, represented by Paul Veers
  • Grid-enhancing power plants, represented by Greg Brinkman.

Katherine Dykes also helped produce the conference in collaboration with staff at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and Sandia National Laboratories.