Past Conferences

NAWEA hosts an annual conference and symposium that invites speakers from academia, industry, government, and research laboratories to discuss topics relevant to wind energy. Presentations and agendas are available for past events.

The NAWEA/WindTech 2024 Conference was held Oct. 30–Nov. 1, 2023, in person at the Omni Interlocken Hotel near Denver, Colorado.

The keynote was presented by Congressman Joe Neguse, Colorado’s 2nd District Representative, and welcome speakers included Peter Green, Chief Research Officer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; William P. Mahoney III, Research Applications Laboratory Director, National Center for Atmospheric Research; and members of the conference’s hosting organizations. Participants also heard from Eric Lantz, Director, U.S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office.

Plenary sessions focused on the near-, mid-, and long-term grand challenges of wind energy. The event’s talks and posters were followed by optional days on Nov. 2–3, 2023, of workshops and meetings and a graduate student symposium. Attendees also enjoyed a Halloween party on Oct. 31, 2023.

This year’s conference was supported by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and University of Colorado Boulder Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, the Colorado State University Center for the New Energy Economy, the Colorado School of Mines, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University of Wyoming. The conference series is also supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office.

The NAWEA/WindTech 2022 Conference was held in person at the University of Delaware Sept. 20–22, 2022. The theme of the 2022 conference centered on a future where high levels of wind energy deployment meet the needs of a grid dominated by renewables. The conference featured the latest research to integrate wind with solar, storage, and other renewables into the complex and highly interdependent energy system of the future. NAWEA partnered with the Energy Systems Integration Group to create a meaningful exchange and educational opportunity.

As with the 2019 conference, there was special emphasis on the social and environmental aspects of wind energy development. Topics included grid integration, social/environmental aspects of wind energy, offshore wind energy, wind turbines and wind plants, and atmospheric/ocean science for wind energy. View the NAWEA/WindTech 2022 Conference agenda.

Congratulations to the winners of the best presentations and posters:

Track 1 (Grid) – Misha Sinner
Track 2 (Social/Environmental) – Jean-Pierre Roux
Track 3 (Offshore Wind) – Michael Kuhn
Track 4 (Wind Turbine/Plant) – Aliza Abraham) and Jamie Liew
Track 5 (Atmosphere/Ocean Sciences) – Matteo Puccini
Track 6 (Applications and Education) – Haiyang Hu
First-place poster – Caroline Cameron, Megan Creighton, and Jason Baxter
Second-place poster – Ingo Mews
Third-place poster– Praneeth Gurumurthy and Anthony Kirincich).

Watch recordings of the NAWEA/WindTech 2022 Conference plenary talks:

Track 1 Plenary Presentation: Grid Integration
Track 2 Plenary Presentation: Social and Environmental Aspect
Track 3 Plenary Presentation: Offshore Wind Energy
Track 4 Plenary Presentation: Wind Turbines and Wind Plants
Track 5 Plenary Presentation: Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences.

The journal Wind Energy hosted a special issue on the NAWEA/WindTech 2022 Conference featuring papers representing the range of topics covered at the conference.


Varying Roughness Lengths of Waves for Wind Energy Modeling Predictions, Andrew Buchok

Hydraulic Air Compressor Driven by a Suction Wind Turbine, Bruno Cossu

Offshore Wind Professional Graduate Certificate Program, Dwayne Breger, River Strong, James Manwell

Coupling of Induction and Wake Models for Rapid Estimates of Wind
Farm Blockage and Wind Farm Velocity Fields, Emmanuel Branlard, Jennifer King

A Standard Aeroelastic Definition of Wind Turbine Rotors, E. Gaertner, P. Bortolotti, M. McWilliam, F. Zahle, K. Dykes

Improving Resource Assessment for Distributed Wind, H. Tinnesand

The Power Curve Working Group’s Assessment of Wind Turbine Power Performance Prediction Methods, Joseph C. Y. Lee, Peter Stuart, Andrew Clifton, M. Jason Fields, Jordan Perr-Sauer, Lindy Williams, Lee Cameron, Taylor Geer, Paul Housley

Multiline Ring Anchor System for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines, Junho Lee, Charles P. Aubeny

Active Grid in a Wind Tunnel Used for Wind Energy Research, Joachim Peinke, Lars Neuhaus, Lars Kröger, Frederik Berger, Martin Kühn, Michael Hölling

Review of Hybrid Wind and Wave Energy Systems, Kaylie McTiernan, Krish Thiagarajan Sharman

Numerical Design of a Wind Observer and Feedforward Control of Wind Turbines, F. Taruffi, A. Fontanella, S. Muggiasca, S. Di Carlo, M. Belloli

Investigations of Profiling Lidar Measurements in Complex Terrain Using High-Fidelity Numerical Modeling, Mithu Debnath, Eliot Quon, Patrick Moriarty

Surface Roughness Length for Offshore Wind Energy, Maryam Golbazi, Cristina L. Archer

Simulating the Response of a Small Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbine During Wind Gust, M. I. Rakib, S. P. Evans, P. D. Clausen

Geospatial Sensitivities of Offshore Wind Levelized Cost of Energy in the United States, Matt Shields, Philipp Beiter, William Kleiber

On the Controllability of a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine, Nikhar Abbas, Lucy Pao

Ducted Wind Turbines Optimization, Nojan Bagheri-Sadeghi, Brian Helenbrook, Kenneth Visser

Optimizing the Use of Lidar in Wind Farms: Minimizing the Life-Cycle Cost Impact of Yaw Error, Roozbeh Bakhshi, Peter Sandborn

Advances in Wind Power Forecasting and Power Loss Mitigation for Cold Climate Operation, Ryan Kilpatrick, Shannon Hildebrandt, Marilys Clément, Nigel Swytink-Binnema

Wind Tunnel Experimental Variability of Aerodynamic Loads for Wind Turbine Blades, Shaoning Li, Luca Caracoglia

Improving Lidar Performance on a Complex Terrain Using Computational Fluid Dynamics-Based Correction and Direct-Adjoint-Loop Optimization, S. Nabi et al.

Commercialization of a Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbine for Distributed Generation, S.P. Evans et al.

Application of the IEC 61400-3-1 Standard Design Load Cases to an Offshore Wind Turbine in the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, Sam Roach, Matthew Lackner, James Manwell

Investigation on Wake by Various Turbulent Models in 2MW Rotor Turbine Using a 2-D and a 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling, Sang Shin Park, Keonhoon Kim, Pyungho Shin

Ammonia Production From a Non-Grid Connected Floating Offshore Windfarm: A System Level Techno-Economic Review, Vismay Parmar, James Manwell, Jon McGowan

Vortex Activities in Diffuser Augmented Wind Turbines, Wing K. Chan, Samuel Evans, Philip D. Clausen

2013 Symposium Agenda

2013 Symposium Brochure

Aeroelasticity in Dynamically Pitching Wind Turbine Airfoils, Andrew Magstadt et al.

A Transmission Planning Case Study for Wind Integration, Warren Lasher

Comparison of Wind Retrievals from a Scanning Lidar and a Vertically Profiling Lidar for Wind Energy Remote Sensing Applications, Paul T. Quelet, Julie K. Lundquist

Controlling Wind Turbines for Ancillary Services: An Analysis of Capabilities and Trade-Offs, Jacob Aho et al.

Overview of Results From Crop/Wind-Energy Experiments in Iowa, Eugene S. Takle

Design and Evaluation of a Wind Speed Estimator for Hub Height and Shear Components, Eric Simley

Effects of Varying Temporal and Spatial Scale Turbulent Inflow on Wind Turbine Performance, Raj Rai, Jonathan Naughton

Funding Innovation: How Companies Navigate From Idea to Mainstream, Bryan Boone

Illinois Commerce Commission v. FERC: Implications for Wind in Organized Energy Markets, Angela Cifor

Lidar Measurements of Wind and Turbulence for Wind-Energy Applications, Petra Klein et al.

Offshore Wind Energy in the United States, Fara Courtney

Opportunities for Synergistic Collaboration Among the Public, Academic and Private Sectors in the Application of Wind Prediction Technology To Lower Grid Integration Costs, John Zack, Michael Brower, Bruce Bailey

Parameterization of Wind Farms in Climate Models, Anna C. Fitch, Joseph B. Olson, Julie K. Lundquist

Role of Universities Working To Address Issues of Local Social Acceptance: The UMass Outreach Experience, J.F. Manwell

The Design Challenges of Large, Deep-Water, Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Rotors, Josh Paquette

The Social Cost of Carbon and the Value of Wind, Thomas Jenkin, Easan Drury, Austin Brown

Tracking the Cost of Wind Energy, M. Maureen Hand

Transmission Planning at Western Electricity Coordinating Council, Keegan Moyer

Texas Tech University Educational Programs in Wind Energy, Andrew Swift

Understanding the Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics of Wind Turbine Blades, Eric Paterson et al.

Variable Geometry Wind Turbine Technologies for Performance Enhancement, Improved Survivability, and Reduced Cost of Energy, Glen Whitehouse et al.

Vortex Wake Models With Application To Yawed Rotor, Emmanuel Branlard

Wind Plant Modeling for Bulk System Planning, Robert Zavadil

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