Offshore Wind Seminar Series

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Inaugural Seminar - Friday, November 6th at 3 PM Eastern

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Dr. Jason Jonkman, NREL
Title: Engineering Modeling to Advance Wind Energy Technology
By: Jason Jonkman

Abstract: With almost 80% of United States electricity demand located in coastal states, and the offshore wind energy technical resource potential equal to about 2,000 GW, offshore wind has the potential to contribute significantly to a clean, affordable, and secure national energy mix.  Prospects are excellent for the emergence of a viable U.S. offshore wind industry, but this will require additional reduction in the costs to enable large-scale commercialization.  The development of innovative and optimized offshore wind designs will help towards this goal, but rapid technology innovation will not be possible without accurate, validated, physics-based engineering design competence and tools.  After a brief overview of offshore wind energy technology, and wind turbine design principles, this presentation will summarize the work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)—supported-by the U.S. Department of Energy—to develop, verify, validate, and apply physics-based engineering tools—OpenFAST for individual turbines and FAST.Farm for full wind farms—that enable the wind energy community to design advanced wind technology that will lower wind cost of energy.

Bio: Dr. Jason Jonkman is a Senior Engineer at the NREL, where he has worked since 2000.  Dr. Jonkman leads a team that develops advanced wind turbine and wind plant physics-based engineering tools for modeling the dynamic response and structural loading of land-based and offshore fixed and floating wind turbines, including the state-of-the-art aero-hydro-servo-elastic tool OpenFAST and wind plant wake and array dynamics tool FAST.Farm.  He co-leads the International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind Task 30 OC6 project focused on validating tools for offshore wind turbine design.  He is a member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) maintenance team to develop international design requirements for floating offshore wind turbines.  Dr. Jonkman earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2007.