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October 15, 2019

American Wind Energy Association Offshore WINDPOWER Conference

Oct. 22–23, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts
Booth #303

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) will be exhibiting at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Conference. If you’re going to be in Boston, stop by booth #303 to pick up the latest publications, including the Fall 2019 Wind R&D Newsletter which will be released during the event. DOE’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Daniel R Simmons, will give a keynote address, and WETO-funded researchers from DOE National Laboratories will discuss offshore wind market analysis, cost reductions, environmental effects in offshore environments, and workforce development. In addition, there will be a status update on the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium.

Resilience Week 2019 Symposium

Nov. 4–7, 2019
San Antonio, Texas

Resilience Week is an annual symposium organized by DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory, where private and public partners discuss how they can work together to ensure a secure and reliable flow of energy across the nation. The strategically applied use of renewable energy can increase the resilience of distribution and transmission systems; however, it is important to consider all the aspects of resilience, including the most cost-effective and resilient integration of assets to adapt to and recover from natural disasters and cyber-attack.

One of the projects to be discussed at Resilience Week is called Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL), a WETO-funded project targeted at accelerating distributed wind technology development for increased microgrid resilience.

CompositesWorld 2019 Carbon Fiber Conference

Nov. 19-21, 2019
Knoxville, Tennessee

Register by Tuesday, Nov. 5, to join up to 100 fellow Carbon Fiber attendees on a pre-conference tour of the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility and Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The tour takes place Tuesday, Nov. 19.

CompositesWorld’s 2019 Carbon Fiber Conference provides a comprehensive forum to discuss new developments for carbon fibers in emerging industrial markets, such as wind energy, marine, and construction, as well as in traditional markets, such as aerospace and sporting goods. Discussions will focus on methods to streamline manufacturing costs in both industrial and aerospace applications and the outlook for consumption in markets with significant potential for growth.

DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, along with Montana State University, recently completed a two-year, WETO-funded study that demonstrates the commercial viability of cost-competitive carbon fiber composites selected for use in wind turbine blades. Final test results and project progress will be presented at a pre-conference seminar Tuesday, Nov. 19, (registration required). See our event listing for more information about this project and session.

In Case You Missed It

Fiscal Year 2019 Highlights from the Wind Energy Technologies Office

Read annual highlights from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Wind Energy Technologies Office—ranging from wind technology development, to environmental and siting research, to grid services.

Preparations Underway for Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) 2020; Applications Open for CWC 2021

DOE’s Collegiate Wind Competition challenges students to design, build, and test a model wind turbine and plan and financially analyze a wind plant. Read about outcomes from previous competitions from students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Northern Arizona University, James Madison University, and Universidad Ana G. Méndez in Puerto Rico.

For CWC 2020, teams will be required to research, design, and build a turbine for deployment in the high wind environment of Eastern Colorado to align with the location of the competition—the American Wind Energy Association’s CLEANPOWER Conference in June.

In addition, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a request for proposal (RFP) for students interested in competing in the 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition. Students and faculty interested in learning more can join a webinar Thursday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. Eastern.


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