The NAWEA 2015 Symposium, which was held June 9-11, 2015 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, included technical sessions, panel discussions, a graduate student symposium, a poster session, engineering software workshops, a business meeting, social events, and a tour of the Virginia Tech Stability Tunnel. The Symposium, the second in a series of technical meetings, examined a broad range of topics required to achieve high wind penetration in the North American power-generation sector. In addition to wind energy system science and technology technical tracks, the symposium featured sessions that provided holistic perspectives, overviews, and approaches necessary to maximize future deployment including:

  • Research and Development, and Technology, including presentations on Aerodynamics, Aeroacoustics, Controls, Innovative Systems and Concepts, Reliability, Offshore, etc.
  • Electrical Integration, including presentations on issues of achieving high penetration of variable renewables and on energy storage issues
  • Atmosphere/Turbine/Wake Interactions, including farm/plant interactions and array effects
  • Atmospheric Science of Wind Characterization, and Forecasting
  • Public Policy Issues, including presentations, and a panel discussion of issues/problems and how technology can provide solutions, economics of wind
  • Environmental and Siting Issues, including presentations, and a panel discussion of issues/problems and how technology can provide solutions
  • Workforce Development and Education, including presentations, and a panel discussion from the Education Committee
- http://www.cpe.vt.edu/nawea/index.html, retrieved 2015-05-13

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