Systems Engineering Applications to Wind Energy Research, Design, and Development (Poster)

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Over the last few decades, wind energy has evolved into a large international industry involving major players in the manufacturing, construction, and utility sectors. Coinciding with the industry's growth, significant innovation in the technology has resulted in larger turbines with lower associated costs of energy and more complex designs in all subsystems. However, as the deployment of the technology grows, and its role within the electricity sector becomes more prominent, so has the expectations of the technology in terms of performance, reliability, and cost. The industry currently partitions its efforts into separate paths for turbine design, plant design and development, ... continued below

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Dykes, K.; Damiani, R.; Felker, F.; Graf, P.; Hand, M.; Meadows, R. et al. June 1, 2012.

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Over the last few decades, wind energy has evolved into a large international industry involving major players in the manufacturing, construction, and utility sectors. Coinciding with the industry's growth, significant innovation in the technology has resulted in larger turbines with lower associated costs of energy and more complex designs in all subsystems. However, as the deployment of the technology grows, and its role within the electricity sector becomes more prominent, so has the expectations of the technology in terms of performance, reliability, and cost. The industry currently partitions its efforts into separate paths for turbine design, plant design and development, grid interaction and operation, and mitigation of adverse community and environmental impacts. These activities must be integrated to meet a diverse set of goals while recognizing trade-offs between them. To address these challenges, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has embarked on the Wind Energy Systems Engineering (WESE) initiative to use methods of systems engineering in the research, design, and development of wind energy systems. Systems engineering is a field that has a long history of application to complex technical systems. The work completed to date represents a first step in understanding this potential. It reviews systems engineering methods as applied to related technical systems and illustrates how these methods can be combined in a WESE framework to meet the research, design, and development needs for the future of the industry.

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  • Presented at the WINDPOWER 2012 Conference & Exhibition, 3-6 June 2012, Atlanta, Georgia; Related Information: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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  • Report No.: NREL/PO-5000-54717
  • Grant Number: AC36-08GO28308
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1039792
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc833105

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Dykes, K.; Damiani, R.; Felker, F.; Graf, P.; Hand, M.; Meadows, R. et al. Systems Engineering Applications to Wind Energy Research, Design, and Development (Poster), article, June 1, 2012; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc833105/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.