Workshop on Next-Generation Wind Power

Wednesday, May 12

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The US wind industry has been growing at an unprecedented pace in recent years. The total installed wind power generation capacity in the US increased from 2.5 GW in 1999 to 35 GW in 2009, with more than 9 GW capacity added in 2009 alone. With the Renewable Portfolio Standards mandated by many states, this trend of exponential growth is expected to continue over the next decade. Large wind turbine using doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) is now a mature technology. Permanent-magnet generators with direct-drive technology are penetrating higher and higher power market. Low-voltage and zero-voltage ride through are becoming standard features of turbine control, and significant investment is being made on new energy storage technologies to facilitate large-scale grid integration of wind power. Meantime, new turbine materials, devices, and system integration technologies are needed in order to enable further reduction of manufacturing and operation cost. Grid integration of large-scale wind, including offshore wind, continues to pose major technological and operational challenges. The large installed capacity and rapid growth of the market also raised concerns about long-term reliability and life-cycle cost of wind turbines.
The purpose of the Workshop on Next-Generation Wind Power is to provide a forum for industry, academia, and government agencies to discuss the current state of the art in wind power technology, and to identify areas of mutual collaborative research interests. An outcome of the workshop will be a white paper that identifies the major challenges facing the wind industry at the present and in the future, new research ideas that address these challenges, as well as opportunities for collaborative research. The topics to be discussed at the workshop will include turbine materials and design; blade aerodynamics and control; power conversion; grid integration; wind farms and offshore wind; reliability, diagnosis and prognosis; as well as economics and policy related to wind power. The Workshop is organized by the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with support by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR).
Date:                Wednesday, May 12, 2010 (8:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
Location:         Russell Sage Dining Hall, 2nd Floor Banquet Room, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Format:           The Workshop is a one-day event and will consist of three sessions – Turbine Design, Control and Monitoring; Power Conversion and Grid Integration; Economics and Policy – followed by group discussion at the end of each session.
Registration:   All participants are expected to register for the workshop in advance. There is no registration fee, and a working lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees.

Please register with Lisa Valenti by May 6th, 2010 if you are interested in attending the workshop.

Program Agenda:

7:15 – 8:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:10am: Welcome
John Gee (NYSTAR)
8:10 – 8:20am: Workshop Objectives
Jian Sun, Acting Director - RPI Center for Future Energy Systems
8:20 – 10:00am: Session 1 – Turbine Design, Control and Monitoring
Session Chair: Miki Amitay - RPI MANE

10:00 – 10:20am: Break
10:20am – 12:00pm: Session 2 – Power Conversion and Grid Integration
Session Chair: Joe Chow - RPI ECSE

12:00 – 1:00pm: Buffet Lunch
1:00 – 3:00pm: Session 3 – Economics and Policy
Session Chair: Susan Sanderson - RPI Lally School of Management and Technology

3:00 – 3:10pm: Closing Remarks
Jian Sun

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