Wind Energy

[PHOTO]Wind turbinesThe Wind Energy platform of Iowa NSF EPSCoR investigated technologies to improve the reliability of wind energy systems.

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Wind Energy Resource Characterization

An outdoor laboratory was be established to collect reliable wind speed and turbulence data for use with computational models of wind turbine systems.

Blade Performance and Reliability

Blade health monitoring diagnostics was coupled with structural optimization and failure analysis to advance rotor blade performance.

Drivetrain Design Optimization

Reliability-based design optimization (RBDO) was employed to enhance design of wind turbine drive trains.

Green Energy Grids

Highly adaptive, decentralized electric grid management techniques compatible with wind power systems was developed.

Leadership

The platform leader was P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost, Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa.

Publications & Reports

Annual Progress Reports, July 2015 (all projects; PDF)
Annual Progress Reports, July 2014 (all projects; PDF)
Annual Progress Reports, July 2013 (all projects; PDF)
Annual Progress Reports, July 2012 (all projects; PDF)

IWEA Conference Materials, March 2013 (PDF)

Iowa NSF EPSCoR Wind Energy Brochure (PDF)

Research Examples

[POSTER]Wind energy research by James Buchholz
Iowa NSF EPSCoR helped facilitate infrastructure development and research in wind turbine aerodynamics at the University of Iowa.
[POSTER]Wind energy research, Gene Takle
An outdoor laboratory has been established to collect reliable wind speed and turbulence data for use with computational models of wind turbine systems.
[POSTER]Wind energy research, Andrey Petrov
Iowa NSF EPSCoR researchers explored the effects of wind farms on commodity crop conditions in central Iowa using airborne hyperspectral imagery.

Resources

Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND) is a partnership with state and local governments, the community colleges, universities, the private sector, associations and community organizations, and the federal government.  This state-wide effort helps coordinate the breadth of activities and capabilities in research and education taking place within the state, and catalyze activities designed to meet the research, training, and testing needs of the rapidly expanding wind energy industry.