The 13th Annual Small Wind Conference

Crowne Plaza AiRE, Bloomington, Minnesota

April 10-11, 2017

Conference Agenda

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2017 Small Wind Conference Tentative Agenda

Monday, April 10

12:00-3:00 PM              Exhibitor set-up              

12:00-6:00 PM              Registration

3:00-3:15 PM                 Welcome to the 13th annual event!- SWC LLC

3:15-4:45 PM                 Session 1A: Innovation!

Using Wind Energy on Farms- Michael Reese, University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center

Hot Water 24/7 from Wind Power: A Practical Reality- O.J. Birkestrand, Rabbit Tool U.S.A., Inc

                                                Session 1B: Blowing Children’s Minds                  

K-12 Wind Activities and Successful Partnerships with Companies- Michael Arquin, KidWind Project & Recharge Labs

4:45-5:15 PM                 Break: Exhibition Hall

5:15-6:00 PM                 Wind, Pyramids & Obelisks: Building Ancient Monuments Using Wind- Dr. Maureen Clemmons, Transformations

6:00-10:00 PM              Social and Competitive Games in Exhibit Hall

Poster Sessions open:   

Community Financing for Small & Distributed Wind Projects- Dan Lemberg, WindShare LLC

Development of a System to Optimize Wind Farm Layout- Rafael Valotta Rodrigues, University of Denver PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering

Tuesday, April 11

8:00-9:00 AM                Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:10 AM                Welcome Back to the 13th annual event!- SWC LLC

9:10-10:10 AM              Keynote Speaker- Paul Gipe,

10:10-10:40 AM            BREAK–Exhibit Hall open

10:40 AM- 12:00 PM    SESSION 2: Lab Blab and (leading edge) Red Tape

Distributed Wind Markets: Where Policy, Wind, and Electricity Costs Meet- Alice Orrell, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

What Are Codes and Why Do They Matter to Small Wind?
Eileen Prado, ICC-Small Wind Certification Council

When the Wind Blows: Renewable Energy Risk Management Strategies            
Ryan Gilway, HUB International Midwest Limited

NEC 2017 Updates- Robert Preus, National Renewable Energy Laboratory           

12:00-12:15 PM            SWC Awards Ceremony               

12:15-1:15 PM              LUNCH

1:15-2:55 PM                SESSION 3: Manufacturer’s Updates

It’s a New Day – Introducing the Bergey Excel 15- Mike Bergey, Bergey Windpower

APRS World’s Wind Turbines for Cold Dark Places: 2017 Edition- James Jarvis, APRS World

Active Furling Control of Small Wind Turbines- Art Weaver, Weaver Wind Energy

Creating a Sustainable Renewable Energy Market- Richard Caldow, Kingspan Wind

Hybrid Off-Grid Systems with Primus Wind Power- Ken Kotalik, Primus Wind Power


2:55-3:25 PM                BREAK–Exhibit Hall open

3:25-4:30 PM                SESSION 4: Freaks and Geeks    

Advantages and Trade-offs with Active Rectifiers for Small Wind TurbinesLane Woodland  TechKnowledge, LLC

Internet of Things Monitoring and Control of a VAWT Array- Robert Wills, Intergrid

4:30-5:00 PM                 BREAK–Exhibit Hall open

5:00-6:00 PM                 SESSION 5: How to Build a Successful Small Wind Turbine Future              

Wind Resource Assessment- Heidi Tinnesand, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Market Research and Models from NREL- Suzanne Tegen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

                       Group Dialogue

6:00-10:00 PM                 Social in the Exhibit Hall

Exhibitor tear down