David Simms

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.

David is speaking at

October 10, 2019
6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Speakers

  • Jeff Burnside (Tour Leader) Independent Journalist and SEJ Board Member
  • Grace Hood (Tour Leader) Energy and Environment Reporter, Colorado Public Radio
  • Derek Berry (Speaker) Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Lab, and Director of the Wind Turbine Technology Area, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation
  • Joseph Berry (Speaker) Senior Scientist, Perovskite and Hybrid Solar Cells Team Lead, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Nicholas Brunhart-Lupo (Speaker) Computational Scientist, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Bryon Donohoe (Speaker) Senior Scientist, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Matthew Futch (Speaker) Business Development Director and Energy Regulatory Expert, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Kenny Gruchalla (Speaker) Senior Scientist, Scientific Visualization, Computational Science Center, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Andrew Hudgins (Speaker) User Program Integrator, Energy Systems Integration Facility, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Eric Karp (Speaker) Senior Chemical Engineer, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Martin Keller (Speaker) Director, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Daniel Laird (Speaker) Director, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Dave Moore (Speaker) Scientist and Director’s Fellow, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Nicholas Rorrer (Speaker) Researcher III - Polymer Engineering and Biomaterials Development, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • David Sickinger (Speaker) Researcher III - High Performance Computing, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • David Simms (Speaker) Research Operations Director, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Robert Tenent (Speaker) Researcher V-Materials Science, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Paul Veers (Speaker) Chief Engineer, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Lance Wheeler (Speaker) Researcher III-Materials Science, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Bryan Willson (Speaker) Executive Director and Founder, Energy Institute, Colorado State University

Description

(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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