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Atmospheric Challenges for the Wind Energy Industry Workshop

October 19, 2020 to October 20, 2020

Event - Wind Energy Industry 2020

The workshop on Atmospheric Challenges for the Wind Energy Industry was held virtually October 19-20, 2020. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Mesoscale to Microscale Coupling (MMC) Team, the workshop featured presentations from wind energy and atmospheric modeling experts. Approximately 200 participants joined in discussing the challenges of modeling for wind energy from the perspectives of industry and research. 


Outcomes of the DOE Workshop on Atmospheric Challenges for the Wind Energy Industry December 2020
Outcomes of the DOE Workshop on Atmospheric Challenges for the Wind Energy Industry - December 2020 (PDF)

Industry experts from NextEra, Siemens-Gamesa, UL / AWS Truepower, RESurety, Inc., Vestas Wind Systems. Vortex, Sentient Science, and Equinor, and researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL), Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL), and the Technical University of Denmark presented on a variety of inter-related topics. The workshop started with panel discussions on the current state and future visions for atmospheric research and wind energy industry. These were followed by smaller group discussions on the advancement of wind energy science and applications. The second day began with panels on Offshore Wind Modeling Opportunities and Challenges and Modeling Challenges for Wind Energy. Following the panels, participants attended one of three parallel sessions; Details of Downscaling, Modeling for Turbines, and Using AI in Atmospheric Modeling. 

We thank the presenters for their willingness to share their work and host discussion, as well as those who attended and participated. The workshop was successful due to the group’s collaborative spirit and varied backgrounds.

Presentation slides can be viewed in the 'Presentations' tab. Videos of the presentations can be seen in the 'Videos' tab. 

Discussions and presentations have been summarized in a technical report:

Outcomes of the DOE Workshop on Atmospheric Challenges for the Wind Energy Industry - December 2020 (PDF)

To access MMC project data, please visit the DOE Atmosphere to electrons archive data portal at https://a2e.energy.gov/projects/mmc

For MMC modeling tools and assessment, please visit our GitHub page at https://github.com/a2e-mmc

 

The agenda for the 2020 Workshop on Challenges for the Wind Enrgy Industry is shown below. Presentation slides are linked through the presentation titles. Videos are available for each main session of the workshop. 

Industry Workshop: Atmospheric Science Challenges for the Wind Industry

Sponsored by Mesoscale to Microscale Coupling (MMC) Team

Held October 19-20, 8:00 - 12:00 MDT (1400 - 1800 UTC)


Monday, October 19, 2020

Big Picture Vision for Atmospheric Science Research

(Times in MDT)

8:00  Welcome and Goals – Sue Haupt, NCAR

8:10  Introduction to DOE Wind Energy Technology Office (WETO) – Bob Marlay, WETO Director

8:20  DOE Panel  - Mike Robinson, DOE (Moderator)

9:20 Industry Visioning Panel, Caroline Draxl, NREL (Moderator)

10:30  Directions for Break-out group sessions

10:40  Break-out groups to discuss our vision for how atmospheric modeling will advance wind energy science and application

11:30  Full group – report outs and full group discussion

Noon  Disperse

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Technical Research Conversations

8:00  Welcome back and Summary of Day 1 – Larry Berg, PNNL

8:10  Panel 1 – Offshore Wind Modeling Opportunities and Challenges, Will Shaw, PNNL (Moderator) 

9:30 Short break

9:40 Panel 2 – Modeling Challenges for Wind Energy, Sue Haupt, NCAR (Moderator) 

10:30  Parallel Sessions for More Detailed Technical Conversation. Each session will kick-off with short prepared talks, then evolve into guided visioning conversation.

Session 1:  Details of Downscaling, Jeff Mirocha, LLNL (Moderator)

Session 2:  Modeling for Turbines, Matthew Churchfield, NREL (Moderator)

Session 3:  Using AI in Atmospheric Modeling, Timothy Juliano, NCAR (Moderator)

11:30 Report outs and large group discussion

Noon  Disperse

 

Abbreviations:

    • DOE  – Department of Energy
    • DTU – Technical University of Denmark
    • LANL – Los Alamos National Laboratory
    • LLNL – Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • NCAR – National Center for Atmospheric Research
    • NREL – National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    • PNNL – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • WETO – Wind Energy Technologies Office

Videos

Day 1 - Monday, October 19, 2020

Big Picture Vision for Atmospheric Science Research

Day 1 - 1. Welcome and Goals – Sue Haupt, NCAR

 

Day 1 - 2. Introduction to DOE Wind Energy Technology Office (WETO) – Bob Marlay, WETO Director

 

Day 1 - 3. DOE Panel - Mike Robinson, DOE (Moderator)

 

Day 1 - 4. Industry Visioning Panel - Caroline Draxl, NREL (Moderator)

 

Day 2 - Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Technical Research Conversations

Day 2 - 1. Welcome back and Summary – Larry Berg, PNNL

 

Day 2 - 2. Offshore Wind Modeling Opportunities and Challenges Panel, Will Shaw, PNNL (Moderator)

 

Day 2 - 3. Modeling Challenges for Wind Energy Panel, Sue Haupt, NCAR (Moderator) 

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