Solutions for Success
The concept of Solutions for Success was to guide the education program for WINDPOWER 2013 and supply companies with real life solutions that are adaptable to the dynamic environment of the wind energy industry. Education program participants learned about new technology, scientific research, and how a variety of products and services can help strengthen their business.
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Power Session: Long Term Vision for Wind Energy in the U.S.
Monday, May 6 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Exceeding wind pioneers' expectations, the wind energy industry has quickly developed into a mainstream source of energy. Mounting political, social and economic concerns regarding climate change, water shortages, along with other drivers, give the nation added incentive to bring more wind power to the U.S. electricity mix. The "Wind Vision" is developing now, and this Power Session brought attendees into the conversation. They heard from the top leaders and visionaries about the goal to create a more diverse energy portfolio through technology advancements, maintaining a strong domestic manufacturing base, advancing grid integration, and overcoming transmission and siting challenges. Also discussed were the U.S. Department of Energy's plan to launch a "Wind Vision" project, based on its 2008 "20% Wind Energy by 2030 Report”, as well as the vision expressed through AWEA’s Wind Vision – 2013 Road-mapping Effort initiative.
Clint Johnson, Senior Vice President - North America, GL Garrad Hassan
Randolph Mann, Edison Mission Energy, Edison Mission Energy - EME
Jose Zayas, Director, Wind & Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Rob Gramlich, Senior Vice President of Public Policy, American Wind Energy Association
Larry Schweiger, President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation
Dr. James Walker, Vice Chairman of the Board, EDF Renewable Energy
David Yarnold, President & CEO, National Audubon Society
More Engaging & Interactive Concurrent Sessions: 18 tracks, and 38 session topics covering all the latest information needed to get ahead in the wind energy industry. Sessions were not just PowerPoint presentations anymore but also encouraged audience involvement such as:
A Town Hall discussion format that made Resource Assessment accessible and directly addressed attendees questions, in Discussion of The Industry’s Most Important Wind Resource
In Supply Chain Reboot: Next Gen Opportunities in America, attendees joined a round table discussion with the experts and fellow attendees on the supply chain issues that were most relevant to them.
Attendees not only learned effective tools in stakeholder engagement, but how to apply these tools in role-playing scenarios during, Successful Project Siting through Effective Stakeholder Engagement.
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Knowledge Hubs: Immediately following education sessions the Knowledge Hubs provided 1-on-1 access to speakers for Q & A and networking. This is provided a perfect opportunity to ask questions to speakers and network with fellow attendees with similar topic interests.
Innovative Scientific Research: Scientific sessions also
captured the latest innovations and advancements in the industry from top researchers from around the world. This helps fuel the continued partnership with John Wiley &
Sons publisher, to publish the top WINDPOWER scientific sessions' papers in Wind Energy, an international journal
for progress and applications in wind power conversion technology.
International Spotlights: These sessions highlighted the specific countries with exporting opportunities for products and services. The spotlighted countries were within the Asian and Latin American markets. These sessions were held inside the International Solutions Center located in Exhibit Hall A.
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General Sessions: An entertaining and inspirational kick-off to the conference days that featured talks from industry icons, thought leaders and power players that are shaping the industry.
Posters: Over 200 poster presentations were on display in the Exhibit Hall sharing top-notch research, studies, and wind energy developments. The authors behind the posters were available during the Poster Reception, Tues. May 7th, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.
AWEA Booth Presentations: The AWEA Booth on the exhibit floor offered several opportunities to expand your industry knowledge. It featured multiple Expert Hours, hosted by AWEA Staff and experts from our Membership Community on topics ranging from Siting and Project Development to Offshore and Operations & Maintenance.
*NEW* Specialized Technical Training Courses: On Sunday, May 5, select industry trade associations and AWEA business members offered half-day training sessions for members and customers on a number of technical industry topics.
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