WISDEM – National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Team Members 
Principal Investigator: Rick Damiani, senior engineer
Entrepreneurial Lead: Katherine Dykes , senior engineer
Industry Mentor: Sandy Butterfield, president, Boulder Wind Consulting

Technology Description

Typical wind plant systems are complex and often involve coupled systems—what happens in one part of the plant affects other parts of the plant. A commercialized version of a NREL's research tool, WISDEM, will solve this problem by creating a “virtual,” vertically integrated wind plant that enables stakeholder collaboration for optimizing wind turbine and plant design, control, and operation. With the help of Energy I-Corps, the team hopes to develop a business model for a full graphical interface with database support, turning WISDEM into a commercially viable tool that will help industry design and develop the next generation of wind energy systems.