Wind Energy

Atmospheric Science for Wind Energy Research

Atmospheric processes create and control the fuel that drives energy demand as well as several renewable energy technologies, most notably the wind. Though these processes have been examined for thousands of years, our understanding of the dynamics of the atmosphere is lacking at the temporal and spatial scales critical to these energy systems.

Senior Engineer Pat Moriarty hosted this webinar with a panel of wind energy science and technology leaders to discuss the latest atmospheric research in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, national laboratories, industry, and the international community. Topics included a fundamental overview of atmospheric forcing, resource assessment, atmospheric measurement including remote sensing, contrasting processes between land-based and offshore wind, and turbulence-resolving atmospheric simulations. Speakers also highlighted recent and forthcoming large-scale field campaigns, such as the Wind Forecasting Improvement Projects and the American Wake Experiment (AWAKEN).