At the 2011 International Wind-Diesel Workshop we recognized an individual, a project, and a business that have been leaders in the wind-diesel field. Nominations were taken prior to the Workshop and voted on at the Workshop. In addition to the three awards, an Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to an individual who has dedicated their career to forwarding wind-diesel technologies.
*Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award*: This award goes to an individual whose contributions, whether they have been in research, leadership, or mentorship, must have had a lasting impact in the wind-diesel field and must have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to progress of wind-diesel technology.
Per Lundsager received a PhD in structural mechanics from the Technical University of Denmark. He started working full-time with wind energy in 1975, including work on energy systems and concepts for wind energy and other renewables. Between 1984 and 1993, he was head of the wind-diesel development program at Risø National Laboratory. As senior consultant he has been advisor to the national wind energy centers in the USA, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Estonia, Poland, Brazil, India and Egypt, regarding projects, programs and strategies. He has also been manager/participant in projects and studies in the USA, Canada, and Europe, including Greenland, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. He has now retired from Risø but he is still active as a consultant in the application of wind energy including isolated systems with wind power. His clients include the World Bank and WiDAC.
*Advocacy Award*: This award is in recognition of an individual or project team that has demonstrated leadership, creativity and commitment to wind-diesel development. Wind-Diesel is a unique field which requires persistence amongst myriad of challenges. The individual or project team receiving this award has pushed through barriers and forwarded wind-diesel technology in their community, state, or country.
Ian graduated with a MSME from the University of Massachusetts Renewable Energy Research Laboratory in 1995 and started working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Ian's work at NREL has focused in three primary areas; applications engineering for RE technologies, assistance in RE uses, and educational outreach for renewable energy technologies, primarily wind. His applications work concentrates on innovative uses of RE, primarily the modeling, testing, and monitoring of small power systems; end-use applications; and large diesel plant retrofit concepts. His international technical assistance work has focused on energy development for rural populations including the design, analysis, and implementation of remote power systems, primarily through NREL's Energy and Environmental, International Programs Office. For educational outreach, including field technical assistance, Ian focused his efforts on energy development for rural populations and school outreach programs, such as the Wind for Schools Program, both domestically and internationally. Ian also sits on IEA and IEC technical boards, is an editor for Wind Engineering and has authored or co-authored more than 60 publications. He also spent two years as a technical expert for the Department of Energy, Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program in Washington, D.C. Ian is currently working at NREL in Colorado where he leads the wind technology deployment team, focusing on addressing barriers to the implementation of wind energy through programs like DOE's Wind Powering America Project.
Ian Baring -Gould has dedicated many years of determined focus to forward wind-diesel technology throughout the United States as well as other countries globally. Ian tirelessly endeavors to provide support to a multitude of projects and developers.
*Innovative Project Award*: This award is in recognition of a wind-diesel project that has demonstrated leadership in the field, project success, and innovation. Wind-Diesel is a changing technology, with every project pushing the boundaries of what is possible and realistic. This innovation needs to stand along side the need to balance the long term maintenance and operation of a project, yet someone needs to take the risk first. This award goes to that project.
This tribally owned wind-diesel system is a cutting edge high-penetration system with coincident thermal energy generation. The thermal heat recovery system will use excess electricity to provide additional heat to the existing jacket water heat recovery system for the school. This system is installing new inverter technology with remanufactured turbines to push the limit on wind energy capture while making the project economical. For more information visit: http://marshcreekllc.com/
*Supporting Business Award*: This award is in recognition of a business that has demonstrated leadership, project partnership and ongoing support for wind-diesel projects. Wind-Diesel would be nowhere without manufacturers and developers willing to look outside their typical revenue streams and cater to harsh and remote environments with high support requirements. This award goes to the business which has most dedicated their time and energy to the ongoing development of wind-diesel technology.
Sustainable Automation has been focused on the development of unique hardware and software control systems to push the envelope of what the future of wind-diesel could look like. This nitch requires significantly more effort than should be requested of any developer yet Sustainable Automation has remained throughout the years dedicated to wind-diesel technology. For more information visit: http://www.sustainableautomation.com/