Professor James Manwell of the University of Massachusetts will speak on "The Future of Wind Energy in Massachusetts" at 7 p.m.
Gov. Baker’s recent signing of legislation to spur the development of 1600 MW of offshore wind energy off the coast of Massachusetts is likely to mark the beginning of a real transformation of the state’s energy supply. This talk will provide an overview of this new technology, from its original conceptualization at UMass Amherst in the 1970s through its first realization in Europe in the last few decades to its re-entry into New England. The talk will conclude with an overview of offshore wind energy’s potential role in a low-carbon future for the region as well contributing to the revitalization of its ports and maritime infrastructure.
Prof. Manwell is a member of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department at UMass and is the Director of the UMass Wind Energy Center. He has been involved with a wide range of wind energy research areas since the mid 1970's. These range from wind turbine dynamics to wind hybrid power systems. His most recent research has focused on the assessment of external conditions related to the design of offshore wind turbines. He has participated in activities of the International Energy Agency, the International Electrotechnical Commission and the International Science Panel on Renewable Energies. He has published more than 200 research papers and is the author of a textbook on wind energy.
This is the second of two public talks on our energy future sponsored by LWVA.