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Wind Energy Research Center|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Wind Energy Research Center Vision

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.


April/ May 2014 -- Predicting Wind Power with Greater Accuracy

Researchers are combining fieldwork, advanced simulation, and statistical analysis to help wind farm and electric power grid operators.

October 2013 - Researchers at the University of Wyoming’s Wind Energy Research Center awarded 8th Institutional Unclassified Computing Grand Challenge RFP.

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.

January 2013 - UW Wind Research Study Has Potential to Diversify State’s Economy, Provide Energy to California

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.

January 2012 - Flying to New Heights - UWYO Magazine, Volume 13, Number 2

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 couldn’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.


UW Graduate Students Unravel Wind Energy Mechanics

February 14, 2012 — Explaining the technical and economic factors of residential-scale wind turbines earned two University of Wyoming graduate students first place and $1,000 in the 2011 Energy Education for the People writing contest.

UW Trustees Approve Planning for Wind Energy Research Center Building

May 9, 2008 — The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees today (Friday) approved the first phase of a planning process for a building that will house a large, closed-loop wind tunnel within a center focused on wind energy research.

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Supercomputer Could Maximize Wyoming Wind Energy Producers' Efforts

October 31, 2011-Dr. Jonathan Naughton spoke about the potential impact of the NCAR computer before the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority board about the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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