A2e High Fidelity Modeling: Strategic Planning Meetings

Steven Hammond, Michael Sprague, David Womble, Matt Barone

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Atmosphere to electrons (A2e) is a multi-year U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research initiative targeting significant reductions in the cost of wind energy through an improved understanding of the complex physics governing wind flow into and through whole wind farms. Better insight into the flow physics of large multi-turbine arrays will address the plant-level energy losses, is likely to reduce annual operational costs by hundreds of millions of dollars, and will improve project financing terms to more closely resemble traditional capital projects. In support of this initiative, two planning meetings were convened, bringing together professionals from universities, national laboratories, and industry to discuss wind plant modeling challenges, requirements, best practices, and priorities. This report documents the combined work of the two meetings and serves as a key part of the foundation for the A2e/HFM effort for predictive modeling of whole wind plant physics.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages59
StatePublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

This report is also published by Sandia National Laboratories. See SAND2015-9499.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-2C00-64697

Other Report Number

  • SAND2015-9499


  • complex flows
  • flow physics
  • high fidelity modeling
  • wind plant


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