April 26, 2018 - 3:45 pm
April 26, 2018 - 4:45 pm
Address120 David L. Boren Blvd., Room 5930, Norman, OK 73072 View map
A Sampling of the Roles of Meteorology and Applied Math in Private Industry Renewable Energy
The renewable energy industry (wind, solar, and now battery storage) has experienced rapid growth over the past fifteen years, aided by government support, which has been driven by an interest to reduce greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions and to enhance energy security. With the rapid pace of development, costs of these forms of energy have now fallen to the point that they are becoming competitive with, or in some cases, cheaper than fossil fuel sources of energy. Due to the variable nature of wind and solar energy, meteorology plays a major role in these industries. Much of the research and technology development is carried out by universities and government labs, but there is also a need for research and development in private industry. This can range from analysis of operational data to organizing intensive meteorological measurements in wind farms and solar installations. Applied math, mostly machine learning, also plays a big role. I’ll provide an overview of some of the meteorological and applied math work that is conducted in a renewable energy company.