Wind Farm Operations: Current Practices and Future Trends -- An AAPG E-Symposium
- Russ Agrusa, ICONICS, Inc., Foxborough, MA and Roberta Gamble, Director for the North American operations of the Energy and Power Supplies group,
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- June 25, 2009
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Registration for the E-Symposium and the Expanded package for CEU credit is $100 for AAPG members, and $145 for non-members.
Online Webinar - 2:00 p.m., CDT, 1 hour duration
Special Student Pricing: $25 for Webinar only; $35 for Expanded package. Limited to 15 slots.
No refunds for cancellations after 6/04/09.
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Who Should Attend
This e-symposium is ideal for all energy professionals who have an interest in wind farm operations, ranging from small use-specific operations to large contributors to the regional grid. Individuals and companies interested in integrating energy generation from multiple sources (wind, oil and gas, etc.) will find the information very useful for adding revenue sources and increasing efficiency.
Objectives & Content
Experienced in wind farm operations, or just getting started? Running large operations, or installing small, targeted-use operations? In any of these cases, you’ll benefit from the one-hour live e-symposium. It can be accessed from any computer anywhere in the world using a high-speed internet connection. After the event is over, you will receive via email information about accessing the asynchronous segment (not live) which consists of your independent study materials, to be accessed and studied at any time. You will be able to email responses to the readings, along with your study question answers for CEU credit (if you sign up for the extended package).
Join our experts, which will include individuals from wind turbine manufacturing and wind farm operations. Included in our speakers are Russ Agrusa, ICONICS renewable energy expert, who will discuss alternative energy/wind power applications, from installation to operations, and Roberta Gamble, Director, Energy and Power Systems North America with Frost and Sullivan. They will also provide information on case studies. Our presenters will discuss many aspects of wind farm operations, and then will answer your questions.
North American wind power plant service market
Rising energy prices and concern over greenhouse gas emissions have turned public and governmental attention on energy alternatives including wind power. Although wind power currently provides only about 1.0 percent of the U.S. electricity needs, it is growing more rapidly than any other energy source.
- Overview of Wind Farm Operations: Challenges, Key Considerations
- Large wind farms
- Small to medium wind farms
- Integrated solutions (wind energy, geothermal, fossil energy)
- What are some of the Drivers for growth?
- What are some of the Challenges to be overcome?
- Who are some of the Key Market Participants?
- Review of Portal for Wind Farm Operations
- Using Virtual Earth with Smart Pins for viewing and managing assets
- Integrating meteorological information
- Reporting options for Wind Farm Management
Wind Farm Operations
The presenters will discuss effective management of wind farm operations, and the challenges often encountered. His presentation will cover all scales, levels, and kinds of wind farm operations. He will also discuss a few cases, which include real-time software solutions for renewable energy. One key consideration is how to obtain real-time information about overall productivity of the wind turbines, alarm information from wind towers and local meteorological information for complete wind farm management.
Effective wind farm operations will become even more important in the future as the push to supplement fossil fuel energy with non-renewables continues. It has been stated that wind energy could generate as much as 20 percent of U.S. electricity demand by 2030 and create as many as 250,000 jobs if its full potential is pursued on land and offshore.
Russ Agrusa is the Founder, President and CEO of ICONICS, Inc. , a world-leading software developer of OPC-enabled HMI/SCADA and other Web-enabled multimedia software applications for factory automation and manufacturing based on OPC standards. Agrusa has over 25 years of experience in managing software development of HMI/SCADA and control products for the Process Control and Data Acquisition industry.
His career began at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, designing software systems for Fossil and Nuclear Power Plant control systems. He was instrumental in the development of Westinghouse Electric's first Distributed Control System (the WDPF) in the early 80's. He worked next at Foxboro Company, leading the HMI development of the "IA" Distributed Control System.
Agrusa started ICONICS in 1986 to take advantage of the emerging PC-based automation market and to create off-the-shelf HMI and SCADA software for factory automation. Agrusa, and his team at ICONICS, recognized that OPC was core to the future of Plug and Play software components and produced the first commercially available "OPC-to-the-Core" based HMI/SCADA products. Its GENESIS32™ suite of HMI/SCADA products were designed from the ground up to take maximum advantage of OPC benefits. ICONICS has done an enormous amount of volunteer work for the OPC Foundation (http://www.opcfoundation.org), serving on the Data Access, Alarm/Events and HDA committees. Agrusa himself is a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors, as well as its marketing chairman.
ICONICS has created several advanced OPC toolkits supporting data access as well as OPC alarm and event specifications to further promote the worldwide spread and use of the OPC standard. ICONICS has been involved with the OPC efforts since its inception and has been a very early advocate of the technology’s impact on the automation industry. Agrusa’s company sponsored some of the first seminars to promote OPC’s use in industry. ICONICS helped define the OPC Alarm & Events Specification and produced the OPC Alarm/Events Sample Code which was donated to, and now used by, the OPC Foundation. ICONICS is currently on the OPC XML committee and is helping define the OPC XML standard for Web-enabled applications.
In 2006, ICONICS celebrated its 20th anniversary and Version 9 of its GENESIS32 OPC Web-enabled HMI and SCADA suite, as well as its comparatively new BizViz™ suite of manufacturing intelligence and business visualization software, a growing area both for ICONICS and within the industry. In 2007, ICONICS introduced its GENESIS64™ Web-enabled, OPC-integrated HMI/SCADA Suite; the “Next Generation in Automation Software” that takes advantage of the emergence of 64-bit computer processors from AMD and Intel and works seamlessly with new 64-bit-optimized operating systems from Microsoft, including Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008. In 2008, ICONICS won Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Award in the ISV/Software Solutions category.
Russ has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Buffalo and an MS in Computer Science from Boston University.
As Director for the North American operations of the Energy and Power Supplies group, Roberta Gamble manages the content, consulting, and client interaction for markets including power generation, renewables and alternatives, transmission & distribution, and power supplies. She works closely with major energy-related companies – including equipment manufacturers, service providers, financial institutes, and utilities – to guide the direction of the group. Through networking, industry conference and on-site client presentations, and by integrating Sales and other Frost & Sullivan groups, Gamble directs energy research, focuses content on the pressing energy issues of the day, and ensures that Frost & Sullivan subscriptions are valuable and relevant to each client. She also manages consulting projects and customized client research.
Aside from managing the day to day operations of the group, Gamble has also been the lead analyst and project manager for numerous projects since her start with Frost & Sullivan in January, 2000. Topics she has researched or directly supervised have included: Distributed generation – generator sets, gas turbines, fuel cell; Central generation – gas and steam turbine equipment and power plant services; Energy management services; solar, wind, fuel cells, and biomass/ syngas.
Before Frost & Sullivan, Gamble was in the business administration and management of several multi-million dollar combined-cycle gas turbine power plant projects at Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation. Her background also includes experience in the heating oil and diesel fuel industry. The author of several articles and papers, her expertise has resulted in being interviewed by and quoted in dozens of publications, including The Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and appearing twice on National Public Radio regarding solar power markets.