2nd NREL Workshop on Wind Energy Systems Engineering

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General Information
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - Friday, February 1, 2013
Target Audience:
Academic and Practice
NREL National Wind Technology Center
Country: United States of America (USA)
State: (USA) Colorado
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2nd NREL Wind Energy Systems Engineering Workshop Agenda


The 2nd NREL Wind Energy Systems Engineering Workshop will take place on the 29th and 30th of January 2013.  The first workshop in January 2010 was a success in catalyzing interest in this important topic among participants from industry, the national laboratories and academia.  In the last few years, the interest in systems engineering and techno-economic modeling of wind energy systems has grown substantially.  At this 2 day workshop, we will showcase research and development activity in these areas and provide plenty of opportunity for discussion about potential future developments and collaborations.  Follow-on meetings on the 31st of January and 1st of February will feature software tutorials smaller group meetings for discussion.

Tuesday, January, 29, 2013 (Renaissance Hotel)

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm Registration Open
1:15 pm to 2:00 pm

Opening Session

Opening remarks:

Mr. Nick Johnson, DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Keynote Address: “System innovation in wind energy”

Dr. Fort Felker, Director of the NREL National Wind Technology Center

2:00 pm to 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Panel I: Wind Energy System Costs from Turbines to Plants

Moderator: Mr. Ben Maples, NREL National Wind Technology Center

Dr. Maureen Hand, NREL Strategic Energy and Analysis Center

Ir. Bernard Bulder, ECN, the Netherlands

Mr. Seth McIntosh, RES Americas

3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Panel II: Systems Engineering Methods Applied to Wind Energy I

Moderator: Dr. Rick Damiani, NREL National Wind Technology Center

Dr. Carlo Bottasso, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Dr. Andrew Ning, NREL National Wind Technology Center

Dr. Frederik Zahle, DTU Wind Energy, Denmark

Dr. Ryan Schkoda, Clemson Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility

4:45 pm to 5:00 pm Break
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Evening Reception and Poster Session

Abstract submissions for posters will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2012; please email 250 word abstracts to Katherine Dykes at katherine.dykes@nrel.gov


Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 (Renaissance Hotel)

8:00 am to 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am to 9:45 am

Day 2 Opening Remarks:

Dr. Paul Veers, NREL National Wind Technology Center

Keynote Address: TBD

Dr. Henk-Jan Kooijman, GE Energy

9:45 am to 10 am Break
10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Panel III: Systems Engineering Methods Applied to Wind Energy II

Moderator: Mr. Justin Gray, NASA

Dr. Juan Alonso, Stanford University

Dr. Gianluca Iaccarino, Stanford University

Dr. Mike Eldred, Sandia National Laboratories

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Panel IV: Systems Engineering Methods Applied to Wind Energy III

Moderator: Dr. Chris Hart, Optimum OSW

Dr. Joaquim Martins, University of Michigan

Dr. Curran Crawford, University of Victoria, Canada

Dr. Turaj Ashuri, University of Michigan

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm


Keynote Address: “Offshore energy system design”

Mr. Jim O’Sullivan, Technip

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Industry Panel: Systems Engineering Application to Wind Turbine Design

Moderator: Dr. Scott Schreck, NREL National Wind Technology Center

Dr. Chris Halse, Romax Technology

Dr. Kristian Dixon, Siemens Energy Inc.


Mr. Pat Riley, GE Global Research

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Panel V: Integrated Wind Turbine and Plant Modeling

Moderator: Dr. Peter Graf, NREL Computational Sciences Center

Ms. Katherine Dykes, NREL National Wind Technology Center

Dr. Matt Churchfield, NREL National Wind Technology Center


4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Panel VI: Wind Plant Design and Optimization

Moderator: Dr. Pat Moriarty, NREL National Wind Technology Center

Mr. Scott Haynes, Iberdrola Renewables

Mr. Philippe Giguere, GE Energy

Mr. Jake Frye, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability

5:15 pm to 5:30 pm Closing Remarks


Workshop Follow-On Meetings Agenda

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 (At NREL NWTC)

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

DAKOTA Tutorial: Basics

In this introduction to DAKOTA, we will tour DAKOTA's capabilities and learn how to create simple DAKOTA studies. Format will be mixed lecture and demonstration including:

  • DAKOTA Overview: orientation, how to get started, JAGUAR DAKOTA GUI, workflows.
  • Sensitivity Analysis: identifying the most important input factors.
  • Uncertainty Quantification: performing statistical analysis of response quantities.
  • Optimization: finding the best designs.
  • Calibration: using data to estimate model parameters.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Walking tour of the NREL NWTC facilities.

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

OpenMDAO Tutorial: Basics

The OpenMDAO Training session will cover installation, basic component definitions, GUI usage, MetaModeling and Optimization Processes.

Friday, February 1st, 2013 (At NREL NWTC)

8:00 am to 10:00 am

Working Group Session on Standard Software Interfaces for OpenMDAO Wind Applications

The NREL NTWC and DTU-Wind are working together to establish a unified framework for interoperability of wind turbine and plant software in OpenMDAO.  This workgroup will discuss the status of the framework development and seek to engage other parties to join in the framework development process.

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

DAKOTA Tutorial: Advanced Topics

In this follow-on DAKOTA tutorial, we will tour more advanced DAKOTA capabilities and learn how to interface with engineering simulations. Format will be mixed lecture and demonstration. Modules will include:

  • Simulation interfacing: an introduction to interfacing DAKOTA to your model.
  • Parallel computing: asynchronous local, MPI, and hybrid modes.
  • Multi-component studies with multiple methods and models.
  • Other research topics of interest: e.g., surrogate-based and adaptive methods.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Working Group Session Review of NREL Wind Models

Over the last few years NREL has been involved with the development of several new models for wind energy applications from physics to cost; we invite participants to an interactive review session on these models.

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

NREL TWISTER Tutorial: Demonstration and Tutorial

This tutorial is a mixed lecture and interactive demonstration of the new NREL TWISTER model for wind plant systems engineering.  NREL seeks to establish a Beta-user community for the new integrated software tool.

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

FAST Modularization Framework Presentation

Presentation on the new FAST modularization framework and programming guidelines.