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The University of Vermont IGERT Program: Smart Grid: Technology, Human Behavior and Policy”

The University of Vermont IGERT program consists of a partnership between the University of Vermont and Sandia National Laboratories. Our vision is to create a new generation of scholars who can navigate the complex socio-technical terrain required for creating a secure, efficient, and sustainable electric power system for the future.

The International Design Standard for Offshore Wind Turbines: IEC 61400-3

Design standards are central to the process of designing, fabricating and installing offshore wind turbines.  Standards help to ensure that the turbines perform as expected over their design lifetimes.  This talk will discuss the design standard developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission and the ongoing work on the second edition.

Opportunities and Threats to Offshore Wind Development in The Caribbean

The Caribbean is home to a number of island nations that are greatly dependent on the import of fossil fuels for electricity generation.  The high costs associated with electricity generation and unreliable/antiquated production facilities and distribution grids create a considerable hurdle to the economic development of these small island developing states (SIDS).  Offshore wind turbines (and other renewable energy systems) could increase the reliability of electricity production while reducing the overall cost to the consumer.  Nevertheless, threats such as hurricanes, seismic activity, a

Wind, Radars, and Interdisciplinarity in an NSF Engineering Research Center

Abstract: This presentation by the Director of CASA will cover several themes, including the IGERT, low-level wind estimation using radars, the proposed new Engineering Research Center in offshore wind energy and the potential to expand that into the realms of the IGERT, and possibly some  new research that is emerging related to infrasound and wind energy. Professor McLaughlin will articulate the social, policy, behavioral, and technical interface issues around the use of CASA in weather-determined decision making and response.

Upcoming Research Topics in Wind Power Integration

Abstract:  Wind power technology is advancing rapidly: the materials, design methods, and fabrication technologies used to manufacture machines and components of wind plants as well as the whole plants themselves; the operational strategies used to optimize energy capture, maintenance strategies, and power system support capabilities;  and the overall facilitating technologies involved in better siting and integration of wind power into the operation of the power system.  These advances come as the power system itself is experiencing rapid technological evolution due to the wide-scale integ

3D Modeling and Visualization

Abstract:  Visualization is not just a necessity in Architecture. Engineering projects of various sizes often benefit from 3D models and renderings for a variety of purposes such as for permitting, public outreach or assembly feasibility planning. This becomes even more useful when 3D visualizations are immersive and interactive.

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