A main goal of the WindU consortium is to enhance education in wind energy. One way in which we do this is to offer our students timely and relevant webinars from leaders in the wind industry on both technical and not-technical topics in wind energy. 

Upcoming Webinars
Past Wind-U Webinars

Fall Webinars

Interested in joining an upcoming webinar? Please check out our list of future offerings and follow the registration links provided to secure your spot. WindU is collaborating with the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) for its fall webinars, which are all part of the NAWEA/WindTech 2021 Webinars.

Critical Partnerships for a Carbon Free Energy Future

* this webinar has past, but you may watch the recording
9/23 Thursday, 10AM-11AM EDT


Danielle Merfeld – Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, General Electric Renewable Energy
Alejandro Moreno – Deputy Assistant Secretary for Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Stephan Barth – Chairman, International Energy Agency (IEA); Wind Technology Collaboration Platform and Managing Director, ForWind

Wind Turbines and Wind Plants

* this webinar has past, but you may watch the recording   9/29 Wednesday, 10AM-11:30AM EDT


Dennice Gayme – Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Carol Croft Linde Faculty Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
Emmanuel Branlard – Senior Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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Transdisciplinary approaches to accelerate the wind power transition

* this webinar has past, but you may watch the recording   9/30 Thursday, 11AM-12:30PM EDT

Melissa Finucane – Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist, RAND; Senior Fellow, East-West Center; Lead Principal Investigator and Director, Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities
Geraint Ellis – Professor in the School of Natural and Built Environment and Director of Sustainable Built Environment, Queen’s University; Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, Western University
Robert Fischman – Distinguished Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

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Grand Challenges of Wind Energy Science – The Grid

10/13 Wednesday, 10AM-12PM EDT


Hannele Holttinen – Recognis/IEA Wind Task 25
Mark O’Malley – Chief Scientist, Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG)
Katherine Dykes – Head of Systems Engineering and Optimization, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Nicolaos Cutululis – Professor in GRID Integration and Energy Systems, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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Offshore Wind

10/19 Tuesday, 10AM-12PM EDT


Adrian Timbus – Head of Portfolio, Hitachi ABB Power Grids; Chair of the
ETIPWind Executive Committee
John Olav Tande – Chief Scientist, Research Manager, and Director of NorthWind at SINTEF Energi AS; Coordinator of EERA JP Wind
Nate McKenzie – Technology Manager for Offshore Wind R&D, U.S. Department of Energy
Walt Musial – Offshore Wind Platform Lead, National Renewable Energy
Laboratory (NREL)

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Recent Research Advances in Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences

10/27 Wednesday, 10AM-12PM EDT


Jeffrey Freedman – Research Associate of Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, University of Albany, SUNY
Julie Lundquist – Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences and Fellow in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder
Sara C. Pryor – Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
Will Shaw – Manager of Energy Systems Measurements & Data, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

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Past Wind-U Webinars

We are pleased to share recordings of these webinars for anyone that is interested.

Grand Challenges in the Science of Wind Energy

October 21, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Paul Veers, Chief Engineer, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Veers describes the main technical challenges facing the wind industry, as it strives to meet the goal of serving a very large fraction of the U.S. electricity needs in the future.

Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator Based Wind Energy Systems

November 18, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Venkata Yaramasu, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Northern Arizona University

Dr. Yarmasu describes the topology and performance of wind energy generators that employ permanent magnet synchronous generators, including its advantages and disadvantages.

Extending the Life of your Wind Farm: Important Considerations and Sample Tools

February 17, 2021.
Speaker: Dr. Rupp Carriveau, Environmental Energy Institute, University of Windsor

When a wind farm comes to the end of its planned life, is it worth investing to extend its life? In this webinar, Dr. Carriveau describes the factors that need to be considered in the context of a case study.

Advances and Trends in Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing

March 10, 2021
Speaker: Mr. Steve Nolet, TPI Composites

For several years, Mr. Nolet has led the technical part of the business for blade manufacturer TPI Composites. In this video he describes the challenges in building large wind turbine blades and the techniques required to do so. Don’t miss the time lapse video of a blade being manufactured!

Wind Farm Controls: Why and How

April 7, 2021
Speakers: Dr. Carlo Bottasso, Professor, Technical University of Munich, Wind Energy Institute, and Dr. Suhas U. Pol, Instructor, National Wind Institute, Texas Tech University

Drs. Botasso and Pol describe methods to control individual wind turbines in a wind farm with the goal of increasing the overall output of the entire wind power plant. Some great visuals are used to demonstrate the effect of wake steering.

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