Interdisciplinary Research and Swiss Innovation for the Global Wind Energy Market
Consortium for Energy And Data Science Seminar
May 30, 2023
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m., CDT (UTC -5:00)
Location: Frederick E. Giesecke Engineering Research Building Conference Room 315
Speaker: Dr. Sarah Barber, Head of the Wind Energy Innovation Division at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
Abstract: This talk will discuss how the Wind Energy Innovation Division at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences applies interdisciplinary research to develop inspiring innovative solutions that can be adopted effectively and sustainably by people to contribute positively to the wind energy sector. After a brief introduction of wind energy basics and its global outlook, the speaker will present two practical examples of how her research group applies interdisciplinary research to overcome the challenges of digitalisation in wind energy. In the first example, a use-case-driven approach for prioritising digitalisation efforts was developed in collaboration with IEA Wind Task 43. In the second example, the WeDoWind framework has been developed in order to improve data sharing and collaboration in the sector. The main innovation of this framework is the way it creates tangible incentives to motivate different types of people to actually share data and knowledge in practice.
Speaker’s Bio: Dr. Sarah Barber is Head of the Wind Energy Innovation Division at the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences and is founder and president of the Swiss Wind Energy R&D Network. She is a lecturer in wind energy at the universities of St. Gallen and Graubünden. She is part of the Organizing Committee of IEA Wind Task 43 and Chair of the Diversity Committee at the European Academy of Wind Energy. Dr. Barber has a joint M.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK) and MIT (USA) and a Ph.D. in Aerodynamics from the University of Sheffield (UK). She has been active in the R&D of wind energy since 2007, as a Postdoc and Lecturer at ETH Zurich, Wind Energy Expert at BKW Energie AG, Chief Technology Officer at Agile Wind Power AG (Switzerland) and Group Manager at Fraunhofer IWES (Germany).
Faculty host: Dr. Yu Ding, ISEN/CEADS. If you would like to meet with the speaker, please contact Dr. Ding at email@example.com.