Dr. Jonathan Naughton
College of Engineering & Applied Science
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
The vision of the Wind Energy Research Center (WERC) is to establish an internationally recognized program for conducting wind energy related research and education. WERC collaborates with other groups inside and outside the university to provide service to the state and the nation.
WERC provides experimental and computational capabilities as well as intellectual resources to carry out internationally unique research that aids in the nation's goal of enhancing energy security while reducing energy-related environmental impact. No single institution can address all areas of wind energy research, so the center strategically partners with other academic institutions, federal laboratories, and companies with complementary capabilities. Coupled with this research mission is the commitment to produce part of the workforce necessary to the large-scale penetration of wind into the energy market.
The Wind Energy Research Center in collaboration with the Center for Photoconversion and Catalysis held a Renewable Energy Summit June 12-14 in Laramie, Wyoming. Click here to view video recordings from the event.
Principal Investigator, Wayne Miller and Co-investigators Jay Sitaraman and Dimitri Mavriplis were awarded a Tier Two allocation from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for their proposal titled “Large Scale Simulation of Wind Farm Aerodynamics in Turbulent Atmospheric Inflow Conditions”. The Grand Challenge program allocates almost nine million (cpu-hrs/wk) to projects that aim to significantly advance both their discipline and LLNL’s computational capability. To read the groups winning abstract click here.
New transmission and generation infrastructure, relative to power generated by Wyoming’s vaunted wind, would help diversify the state’s economy with more high-paying jobs -- both during the construction and operation phases -- while providing economically priced renewable power to California, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Wyoming’s Wind Energy Research Center.
In 2003, Dimitri Mavriplis was working at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., using computers to help perfect aircraft designs for the nation’s aeronautical research agency. Then he received an offer from the University of Wyoming that he simply could’t pass up. “The Mechanical Engineering Department was looking to start a program in computational fluids, and that’s exactly what I wanted to do,” Mavriplis says.