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2017 Small Wind Conference Presentations

Monday, April 10, 2017

  • 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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • SESSION 2: 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

  • SESSION 3: Manufacturers’ Updates

Brief update on NREL’s Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP)
Bret Barker, U.S. Department of Energy

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

APRS World’s Wind Turbine Update          
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

  • SESSION 4: How to Build a Successful Small Wind Future

Wind Resource Assessment
Heidi Tinnesand, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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

  • SESSION 5: Freaks and Geeks

Effect of Turbulence Intensity on Wind Turbine Fatigue Loads  
Dr. David Laino, Windward Engineering

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

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


2016 Small Wind Conference Presentations

The Keynote address by Morten Victor Petersen, Chair of World Wind Energy Association Small Wind

Session 1: Manufacturer Updates
Moderator: Roy Butler
Breath of Fresh AirPaul Dawson, Eocycle
Weaver Wind UpdateArt Weaver
EWP- The Future Looks BiggerDavid Laino, Endurance Power

Session 2: Technology Innovations
Moderator: Brent Summerville
Reducing Levelized COE by Using Aerodynamic Flow DeflectorsArturo Villegas, XSPEED Turbine Technology
Silicon-Carbide Inverters for Small Wind– Addressing the Single-Phase Gap- Rob Wills, Intergrid
Motors and Drives for Small Wind TurbinesJonathon Doyle and Dee Chattergee, Dunkermotoren USA
Wind Turbine Blade Structural Testing: An OverviewDaniel Valyou, Clarkson University

Session 3: Markets: The US, Infinity and Beyond
Moderator: Trudy Forsyth
Preview of 2015 Distributed Wind Market ReportAlice Orrell, PNNL
The Hard Truth About Soft Costs– Tony Jiminez, NREL
Lessons Learned from PV Soft Cost ReductionMia Devine, NW SEED
Built Environment Wind Turbines: Case Studies And Lessons LearnedIan Baring-Gould, NREL

Session 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

A Free Form Discussion Between Mick Sagrillo and Mike Bergey- no presentations

Day Two • Wednesday, June 17

Session 5: Condition and Health Monitoring Strategies
Moderator: Brent Summerville
Low-cost Monitoring and Control of Small Wind Turbines Using IoT ModulesRob Wills, Intergrid
Reliable Anemometers to Improve Small Wind PerformanceGordon Bease, FT Americas LLC
Discussion- What do Installers Need to Know to Respond to O&M?- Everyone

Session 6: Lessons From The Field
Moderator: Jenny Heinzen
Distributed Wind Resource Assessment: State of the IndustryHeidi Tinnesand, NREL

The Evolution of a Small Wind BusinessRandy Faller, Kettle View Renewable Energy
Distributed Wind Permitting in New York- Effects of the Model Zoning OrdinancePadma Kasthurirangan, Niagara Wind and Solar

Session 7: Tower & Turbine Dynamics: The Force is Strong!
Moderator: Jenny Heinzen
The Importance of System Dynamic Modeling for Small Wind Turbines-Part 1Part 2Part 3Paul Migliore, Anemergonics
Validation of Simplified Load Equations Through Load Measurements and Modeling of a Small HAWT Tower–  Scott Dana, NREL

Session 8: Micro-Grid and Self-Consumptive Systems
Moderator: Roy Butler
Self-Consumption Zero-Export Inverters–  Ryan Stankevitz, Midnite Solar
Energy Storage- Time to Get the Lead Out?–  Roy Butler, Four Winds Renewable Energy, LLC
What’s New in Energy Storage- An Overview of NiFe and Lithium Battery TechnologyJim Parish, J-Tech Solar Training

Session 9: SMART Wind Project
SMART Wind: What We Did and Where To Now?Trudy Forsyth and Brent Summerville