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Taking the Power out of the Wind: The Relationship between Wind Energy and the Atmosphere
Amanda Adams, Department of Geography and Earth Science, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Friday, March 21, 2014
1:30 p.m.
Durham Language and Literature Building (LL) 2, Tempe campus [map]

Abstract
Wind power is the fastest growing non-fossil source of primary energy. In 2012, the United States had 60GW of installed capacity compared to just 2GW in 1999. As concern over CO2 emissions pushes society towards cleaner energy sources, the demand for wind power will continue to increase. Estimates of global wind energy potential range from 56 to 148 TW. These estimates of wind energy potential are based on observed and modeled winds, an assumed density of turbines in areas with good wind resources, as well as an assumed capacity factor for how efficiently the turbines operate. However many of these assumptions are based on how an individual turbine behaves and do not take into account the collective effect of wind turbines. Read more

Biosketch
Amanda Adams is a meteorologist with expertise in mesoscale numerical weather prediction, especially modeling phenomena that have strong topographic or boundary layer processes forcing them. Adams has a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and graduate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Adams is currently an assistant professor for the meteorology program in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Read more