Wind Turbines

This NSF-PIRE project will expand significantly an existing international cooperative research and education partnership among four institutions—UC Santa Cruz (UCSC), UC Davis (UCD), the Technological University of Denmark (DTU) and Aalborg University—to develop optimized community-scale renewable energy systems. This program benefits from the special expertise developed by each university, as shown below. Members of the research team include faculty from departments of electrical engineering, computer engineering, technology management, politics, sociology, environmental studies, biological and agricultural engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, chemical and materials engineering, energy technology, and development and planning at the four institutions. 

Partner Areas of Expertise

University of California, Santa Cruz             
  • thermal systems
  • waste heat recovery, co-generation system optimization
  • micro-grids
  • policy and permitting
  • social components of energy production and consumption                                   
University of California, Davis
  • biomass generation
  • solar energy and wind power
  • thermoelectric and energy storage
  • systems analysis and policy
Technical University of Denmark
  • grid studies and grid connection electronics
  • energy island monitoring and testing
  • modeling and simulation
  • linkage of vehicles to the grid
Aalborg University
  • modeling of tri-generation systems with storage
  • socioeconomic analysis and planning
  • techno-economic modeling