NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference

The NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, MA, during the period October 14-17, 2019. This conference will join the symposium of the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) and the International Conference on Future Technologies in Wind Energy (WindTech) and will also be undertaken in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and with the cooperation of the European Academy of Wind Energy. The theme of the conference connects to the Grand Vision of Wind Energy, whereby wind will play a pivotal role in the transition of the world’s energy supply from one based on fossil fuels to one based on renewable sources. The focus of the sessions will be on research and education topics relevant to the next generation of wind technologies, particularly insofar as they relate to the Grand Vision.

The conference will include technical sessions, panel discussions, graduate student symposium, poster session, engineering software workshops, business meetings, social events and opportunities for interesting excursions.

Topics will include:

  • Wind resource (atmospheric boundary layer investigations, mesoscale/microscale interactions, field studies and CFD modeling, forecasting, remote sensing, etc.)
  • Meteorological/oceanographic design conditions (extreme events, turbulence, ocean waves, air-sea interactions, etc.)
  • Turbine technology (aeroelasticity, turbine components, blades, fatigue, turbine level modelling, etc.)
  • Wind plant design (multiple turbines working together as single power plants, design for system level reliability, plant level modelling, wakes, etc.)
  • Wind power system integration (electrical power systems, energy storage, power to X, wind/water systems, market design, etc.)
  • Social, environmental, economics and policy (public acceptance, public policy, environmental impacts, permitting, wind turbine noise, etc.)
  • Turbine lifecycle considerations (manufacturing, infrastructure, cradle to grave design, composite materials, wind plant life extension, etc.)
  • Wind system controls (turbine controls, system level controls, multi-criteria decision making, system health monitoring, etc.)
  • Structures, safety and reliability (support structures, foundations, structural reliability, design for maintainability, etc.)
  • Offshore wind energy (fixed and floating turbines, offshore infrastructure, offshore geotechnical, site investigations, etc. )
  • Distributed wind power/hybrid power systems (small/medium scale wind turbines, system level control, load management, DG systems with PV and/or energy storage)
  • Education (graduate level courses in wind energy related topics, interdisciplinary topics, on-line courses, collaboration between universities, international cooperation, etc.)


Authors are requested to submit extended abstracts on the conference web site. All abstracts should be prepared following the format of the accompanying template. Abstracts will be reviewed and the authors will be notified regarding whether their papers will be accepted for either podium presentations or posters. In general, papers of interest to a wider audience will be recommended for a podium presentation; more technical ones will be recommended for posters. For podium presentations, full papers will be required. Poster presenters will have the option of preparing a full paper as well as the poster.

Papers will be published in IOPScience’s Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS). See for more information. This is the same journal in which the proceedings from the European Academy of Wind Energy’s Science of Making Torque from the Wind conferences are published.

The following dates should be noted:

  • Submission of abstracts: April 17
  • Notification of acceptance of paper: June 1
  • Submission of draft of paper for review: August 1
  • Comments returned to authors: September 1
  • Final papers to be submitted: at the conference.

Abstract Submission Portal