About the presentation:
Clean energy using renewable technologies have gained a strong foothold globally. As Christians, we must be committed to support the development of sustainable energy, which includes electricity generated wind power. Incidentally, in dozen places in Scripture, wind is used as a metaphor for the Spirit world (e.g., Gen 1:2; John 3:15…).
In 2018, wind turbines have been generating 600 gigawatts of power, globally, with China accounting for 34% of installed capacity (800MW in the US). This is equivalent to power generation by 600, 1000MW coal or nuclear power plants. The big issue today is whether to use wind power generation onshore or offshore. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Onshore uses turbines located on land where there is low conservation or habitat value. Offshore uses turbines located in open water, usually in the ocean, where higher winds are available.
The presentation will begin with an introduction on how wind farms work. It will then cover the advantages and disadvantages of each system, especially when one realizes that offshore wind is likely to be the next big U.S renewable sector, with an overall potential of 3000MW. The discussion will include issues that all wind turbines face, such as its intermittency, costs relative to conventional systems, a brief note on utility grid integration, and its environmental impacts.
About the Presenter:
Kenell (Ken) Touryan retired from the National Renewable Energy laboratory in 2007 as Chief Technology Analyst. For the next 8 years, he was a professor at the American University of Armenia (an affiliate of UC Berkeley).
As a volunteer, from 1991-2003, while still at NREL, Kenell Touryan led teams that brought wind power and solar thermal heating systems to Armenia. From 1999-2003, Touryan helped in the preparation and installment of a 5kW PV system on the roof of the AUA building.
Finally, from 2001-2007, he secured funds from the U.S. Department of Energy to help establish a company in Yerevan, H2Economy, for developing and marketing 100 watt-1kW hydrogen fuel cells.
He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Sciences from Princeton University with a minor in Physics. His first 16 years were spent at Sandia National Laboratories as Manager of R&D projects in various defense and advanced energy systems. He has published 95 papers in refereed journals, authored three books, and co-owns several patents.
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