The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted a Technology Development & Innovation (TD&I) Open House at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) on June 20 and the morning of June 21. The day and a half event, facilitated by NREL, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI), provided information on environmental instrumentation characterization and development resources at the NWTC and discussed relevant topics including early-stage wildlife detection/deterrent/curtailment technologies. The Open House included a tour of the NWTC on the morning of June 21, which highlighted research, development, and evaluation projects taking place at the NWTC related to wind energy operation and wind-wildlife interactions. Learn more about the Open House here.
Following the Open House, AWWI and NREL held a Technology Integration Forum at the NWTC. The forum focused on the challenges of installing and integrating risk minimization technologies into operating wind energy facilities. A panel discussion moderated by AWWI featured wind companies, technology developers, and engineers sharing their experiences in technology integration. Breakout sessions allowed stakeholders from different sectors to discuss themes and questions around deploying technologies in a commercial setting.
Key themes that emerged included the level of coordination needed by wind sites to install technologies, the practical issues of integrating third-party systems, the importance for technologies to solve a problem for operators and show a return on investment, the uncertainty of how technologies fit into regulation and compliance, and the role of OEMs.
AWWI and NREL are identifying next steps from the forum, including how to engage more stakeholder groups in the discussion and the best ways to collaborate on and share lessons learned.
Photo Credit: The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), NREL Image no 37995 By Dennis Schroeder/NREL