An scientist walks into a bar…and by conservation of momentum bounces backwards at the exact same speed.

Monday, May 24th, 7pm

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A Brief History of 20th Century Energy Systems & the Future of Wind Energy

October 1, 2016- Heavy seas engulf the Block Island Wind Farm- the first US offshore wind farm. The five Halide 6MW turbines were recently installed by Deepwater Wind, and are currently under commissioning. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

Why was oil the dominant energy source of the 20th century?

How is energy critical to our way of life?

Why does the energy system need to transition?

How is the wind used for energy generation?

What are the characteristics of modern wind turbines and wind energy?

Where is wind energy going in the future?

Dr. Matthew Lackner is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Associate Director of the Wind Energy Center. He received his B.S.E in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton in 2002, his M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 2004, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2007.  After graduating, he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. He joined the UMass Amherst faculty in January of 2009.  His research focuses on the aerodynamics and structural control of floating offshore wind turbines.

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