NAWEA/WindTech 2019 Conference, UMass Amherst. 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 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.
NAWEA is composed of universities, research laboratories, and industry participants (List of Supporters and Participants) dedicated to coordinating wind energy research and education activities in order to advance the state of wind energy technology and to develop the next generation of wind energy engineers, researchers, scientists, and innovators.
NAWEA connects research institutions, universities, and industry in the North American region with a vision for wind energy to contribute a tenfold or greater increase to 2012 electricity production levels thus producing over 20% of a nation’s electrical energy. NAWEA’s mission is to facilitate the formation of high-quality, scientific research collaborations to address high-risk, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional research problems that present barriers to the widespread use and high penetration of wind energy.
Through the Academy, opportunities for education and training of needed skilled human resources and talent will be enhanced with an emphasis on graduate-level collaborative research. Academy members coalesce around the vision, collaborate, and share their knowledge, skills, and capabilities to promote wind energy education and technologies.
Technical areas, holistic perspectives, and approaches emphasized by NAWEA as necessary to maximize future deployment include:
- Wind Energy Science and Engineering
- Grid Integration and Management
- Electrical Transmission
- Atmospheric Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Social Acceptance
- Policy Research
- Business and Financing
- Innovative / New Technology
- Education & Curriculum.