The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) held a renewable energy workshop on October 19-21, 2010 at Cisco Systems, Inc. in Fremont, California. The purpose of the workshop was to bring visibility to technology and product gaps in the wind and solar energy markets in which iNEMI member organizations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Samsung, and Sun Microsystems could develop new businesses. GE and SNL were asked to give presentations that overviewed the state of wind energy, technology opportunities, and new high risk innovation in sensors, control systems, electronics, and power systems (generator and inverters). Jon White, who represented SNL, presented on these topics and overviewed the DOE/SNL Sensored Rotor, CREW database, and SMART Rotor projects. There was particular interest in the failure frequency, downtime, and root cause analysis which will be generated from the reliability data analysis of the DOE/SNL CREW database in order to drive future innovation. Furthermore, lessons learned from the Sensored Rotor and SMART Rotor in embedding sensors, design for sensors and smart aerodynamic devices, and sensor reliability improvement were of significant interest to those in attendance. Future collaborative projects are currently being planned to assist the member organizations in developing wind energy businesses.
There is a video available on YouTube featuring an interview with Jon White at this workshop.