In 2004, the first Sandia Blade Workshop was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The average diameter of a rotor was 74 meters with just over 6 gigawatts of total installed wind capacity. Approaching 2018, the average rotor diameter has grown to over 108 meters with 85 gigawatts installed. The technology concepts proposed in 2004 are yesterday’s baseline.
Registration is now open to join global leaders in rotor research at the 2018 Sandia Blade Workshop to explore solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. This year’s workshop will be facilitated in partnership with Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute.
The biennial Wind Turbine Blade Workshop Aug. 28–29, 2018, will be held at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas with collaborative opportunities and meetings during the days before and after the event. The 2018 workshop brings together wind energy professionals from industry, universities, and national laboratories to discuss challenges, issues, and solutions related to wind turbine blades.
The complete agenda and list of invited speakers will be available here.
In addition to workshop themes such as advanced wind plan and rotor controls, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the following facilities: