Research Operations Director, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Lab
Dave Simms has been the research operations director at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL since 2001. In this role, Dave is responsible for safe operation of all NWTC research facilities and capabilities. This includes research validation experiments on megawatt-scale wind turbines, meteorological towers, structural components, dynamometers up to 5 MW, and grid integration using the NWTC’s controllable grid interface and 1-MW/1-MWh battery system. Dave was a researcher and project manager in the NREL Wind Program from 1984 to 2001, which included managing the projects to acquire and install the Controls Advanced Research Turbines at the NWTC and testing the highly instrumented Unsteady Aerodynamics Experiment wind turbine in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames wind tunnel. Dave started working at NREL (formerly the Solar Energy Research Institute) in 1979 as a computer programmer and researcher in the Buildings and Solar programs. Simms holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.
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(6:00 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)
This tour is full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, contact Kevin Beaty.
There may be no single location with as many story ideas than the renowned National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, where the planet's future just might be saved. The executive director and founder of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University will brief journalists on the bus about the differences between 100 percent renewable and carbon-free goals, and what challenges lie ahead. Journalists will hear from the NREL director on the transformation of the energy sector happening now. And you'll be amazed at demonstrations from scientists of jaw-dropping renewable energy technology. Will your windows or the paint on your house become energy collectors? They're working on it here. Corporations are embedded with the Lab to bring technology to market. We'll visit a net-zero office building, a smart appliance lab and a test wind farm. Bring your camera and an extra notepad. Total drive time: 3 hours. A good option for those with limited mobility.
IMPORTANT: The National Renewable Energy Lab requires security checks on all visitors. Therefore, domestic journalists must register online by October 3; deadline for international journalists was September 1.
Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.
Note: The National Renewable Energy Lab is providing lunch for this tour.
IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.
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