Research and faculty from the four Collaboratory Institutions lead the research efforts of the Center for Research and Education in Wind (CREW) to develop technologies that substantially impact wind power generation and utilization. The long-term goal of the CREW is to contribute to a reduction in the cost of wind energy. CREW researchers see these technologies focusing on the following five categories:

  • Atmospheric Sciences In atmospheric sciences, we study and characterize the wind inflow (e.g., atmospheric turbulence) in a manner that enables further research and understanding of turbine behavior.  Remote sensing and inflow prediction are two areas of this thrust area.

  • Model Development and Validation Model development and validation includes the creation and testing of full turbine modeling software such as FAST, as well as codes related to wind and turbulence, component structural dynamics, aerodynamics, and wind inflow.  We also study and model wind farms and turbine interactions on farms.

  • Control of Wind Energy Systems The control systems thrust area includes the development and testing of controllers designed to decrease the cost of wind energy by reducing loads or increasing energy capture for wind turbines and wind farms.  Advanced sensing technology may also fall into this category.

  • Electrical Systems The electrical systems area of CREW incorporates design and testing of generators, power converters, and electrical interconnections of turbines on a farm, in microgrids, and across larger utility-scale transmission and distribution systems.  A key capability is available in the InteGrid test bed.

  • Turbine Testing and Certification Turbine testing and certification is performed on turbine components and full-scale turbines to study advances made in other thrust areas and to certify turbines.  Aerodynamic, aeroacoustic, structural dynamic, and electrical system testing capabilities are all part of CREW institutions.

Key information related to the three CREW research programs as well as the current list of affiliated researchers can be found at the following links: