Thursday, 08 July 2010 15:36
On July 14, 2010, AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the DeepCwind Consortium will sponsor a free presentation by Walter Musial, marine energy researcher and principal engineer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC).
Musial's lecture, entitled "Wind 101: The Basics of Wind Energy," will begin at 12 p.m. in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union on the University of Maine Campus. The event is open to the public and will last approximately two hours, allowing for questions from the audience.
Musial leads the offshore wind energy research activities at NREL/NWTC and serves as the technical administrator for the U.S. advisory group to the International Electro-technical Commission's standards committee on marine renewable energy. Musial is a founding member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association's committee to develop design standards for wind turbine gearboxes.
NREL is the United States Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is also a member of the DeepCwind Consortium.
The DeepCwind Consortium's mission is to establish the State of Maine as a national leader in deepwater offshore wind technology through a research initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The program aims to validate, optimize and streamline the development of floating platform models for deepwater offshore wind turbines.
AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center is a state-of-the-art one-stop-shop for integrated composite materials and structural component development. Located at the University of Maine, it offers in-house capabilities for developing a composite product or structure from the conceptual stage through research, manufacturing of prototypes, comprehensive testing and evaluation, code approval and commercialization. In the past year it has been awarded nearly $40 million in funding to pursue research in deepwater offshore wind energy technology. AEWC Director Dr. Habib Dagher is the Principal Investigator of the DeepCwind Consortium.
Elizabeth Viselli, Associate Program Manager
University of Maine
5793 AEWC Building
Orono, ME 04469-5793