Side Events

Graduate Student Symposium

A Graduate Student Symposium will be held on Wednesday afternoon of the conference. This event will be restricted to graduate students only, at which they will give brief (5-10 minute) presentations on their research. The goal of the event is for graduate students to have a "low-stakes" opportunity to discuss their research with their peers, and to network with other students in the wind energy field. This option may be especially appealing for early-stage students who can present some ideas and concepts of where they plan to take their research.

The symposium is open to a maximum of registered graduate students, but attendees must register separately for the symposium.

Register now at the symposium tab on the conference web site, https://www.naweawindtech2019.org/symposium

 

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet will be held on Tuesday evening, October 15th, from 6:30-8:30. The banquet will feature live jazz music as well as local farm-to-table food and hors d'oeuvres at the historic Inn on Boltwood in Amherst. The banquet is optional with a cost of $60 ($40 for student attendees). There will be bus transportation provided to and from the banquet from the UMass Campus Center.

Register for the conference to choose banquet options.

 

Field trip

A field trip is being offered for the day after the conference, Thursday, October 17th to the Wind Technology Testing Center located at 80 Terminal Street, Boston, next to Boston Harbor.  Transportation will be by rented van, and the cost will be $50/person.   The van will leave UMass at 8:30 AM and be back around 5:30 PM.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) offers a full suite of certification tests for turbine blade sections up to 90 meters in length.  WTTC also offers the latest wind turbine blade testing and prototype development methodologies to help the wind industry deploy the next generation of offshore and land-based wind turbine technologies.  Since opening in 2011, WTTC has run 35 distinct blade testing programs entailing hundreds of individual blade tests. https://www.masscec.com/wind-technology-testing-center

See the conference web site, https://www.naweawindtech2019.org/fieldtrips for further details and field trip registration.

 

 

NREL Computer Codes Training Workshops Thursday, October 17

There will be training workshops for some of NREL’s most important computer codes on the morning after the conference, Thursday, October 17. The workshops will be of particular interest to graduate students, faculty and in industry where these codes are used.

OpenFAST

OpenFAST is an open-source, wind turbine physics-based engineering software tool, and this workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the tool, recent improvements/developments, and information on how they can support the developer community. The OpenFAST workshop is being led by NREL’s Jason Jonkman. The OpenFAST workshop will run from 8:00-10:00.

SOWFA (Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications)/Nalu-Wind

SOWFA and Nalu-Wind are two high-fidelity wind-plant flow solvers. They are mainly used to perform large-eddy simulations, with the ability to perform rotor geometry-resolved simulations or to model rotors using actuator lines and disks. Attendees at this workshop will learn about the underlying physics modeled by both codes, the differences between the two codes, as well as the basics of installation and usage. The SOWFA/Nalu-Wind workshop is being led by NREL’s Matt Churchfield and Ganesh Vijayakumar. The SOWFA and Nalu-Wind workshop will run from 10:30-12:30.

These workshops are open to anyone who registers for the NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference, but you must sign up separately to attend. See the conference web site, https://www.naweawindtech2019.org/ for details and for signing up. Please note that each workshop is limited to the first 50 registrants.

 

 

There will be a number of side events taking place in association with or after the NAWEA WindTech 2019 Conference. The following is a summary of those events and contacts.

UMass Amherst Wind Energy Center Reunion

Topic: Informal reunion

Day/Time: Monday, October 14, 7:00 pm

Location: High Horse Restaurant

Participants: UMass Amherst wind energy program alumni/ae

Contact: Sally Wright, sally.wright@dnvgl.com

 

NAWEA WindTech 2019 Banquet

Topic: Banquet dinner see separate tab

Day/Time: Tuesday, October 15, 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: The Inn on Boltwood

Participants: Conference attendees; separate registration required

Contact: Jody Lally, lally@ecs.umass.edu

 

NAWEA Education Committee

Topic: Wind energy education

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 16, 1:30-2:00

Location: Campus Center, 803

Participants: Open to any registered conference attendee

Contact: Tom Acker, tom.acker@nau.edu

 

NAWEA NSF IGE International

Topic: NSF IGE international aspects of collaboration on graduate level wind energy education

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2:00-2:30

Location: Campus Center, 803

Participants: Open to participants in the NSF IGE WindU project

Contact: Tom Acker, tom.acker@nau.edu

 

NAWEA NSF IGE WindU

Topic: NSF IGE contract on graduate level wind energy education

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2:30-3:00

Location: Campus Center, 803

Participants: Open to participants in the NSF IGE WindU project

Contact: Tom Acker, tom.acker@nau.edu

 

NAWEA Board Meeting

Topic: Board meeting of the North American Wind Energy Academy

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 16, 4:00-5:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, 904

Participants: Board members of NAWEA and other interested parties

Contact: Paul Veers, Paul.Veers@nrel.gov

 

IEA Task 31

Topic: IEA Task 31 meeting

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2:30-6:00 pm

Location: Campus Center, 165

Participants: Members of IEA Task 31

Contact: Javier Sanz Rodrigo, jsrodrigo@cener.com

 

IEA Task 32

Topic: IEA Task 32 meeting

Day/Time: Thursday, October 17, 9:00-5:00; Friday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, 162

Participants: Members of IEA Task 32

Contact: Eric Simley, Eric.Simley@nrel.gov

 

Grad student symposium

Topic: Graduate student symposium; see separate tab

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 16, 1:30-3:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, 165

Participants: PhD graduate students; separate registration required

Contact: Matt Lackner, lackner@ecs.umass.edu

 

OpenFAST Software Training

Topic: OpenFAST Software Training; see separate tab

Day/Time: Thursday, October 17, 8:00 - 10:00 am

Location: Campus Center, 804

Participants: Workshop participants; separate registration required

Contact: Jason Jonkman Jason; Jonkman@nrel.gov

 

SOWFA/Nalu Wind Training

Topic: SOWFA/Nalu Wind Training; see separate tab

Day/Time: Thursday, October 17, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, 904

Participants: Workshop participants; separate registration required

Contact: Matt Churchfield, Matt.Churchfield@nrel.gov

 

Social Science and Wind Energy Working Group

Topic: Social Science and Wind Energy

Day/Time: Wednesday, October 16, 1:30-3:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, 805

Participants: Social Science and Wind Energy Working Group

Contact: Bonnie Ram, bram@udel.edu

 

US-UK collaboration dinner

Topic: US-UK collaboration group dinner

Day/Time: Wednesday, October, 7:00 pm

Location: To be announced

Participants: US-UK collaboration group

Contact: Sanjay Arwade, arwade@umass.edu

 

US-UK collaboration meeting

Topic: US-UK collaboration

Day/Time: Thursday, October 17, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Campus Center, 803

Participants: US-UK collaboration group

Contact: Sanjay Arwade, arwade@umass.edu