Wind Turbines Reach
for the Sky


Wind Turbines Reach for the Sky



Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of energy in the United States. In just one month last year, more than 5 gigawatts of wind power came on line in the U.S. – enough to power about 2.5 million homes. And engineers are working to make wind turbines larger, more efficient, and more reliable than ever. Join presenters Chris Schmitt, manager of wind application engineering at GE Wind, and Scott Rowland, Vice President, Engineering at Goldwind USA, for a live webinar to learn about the promises and challenges of harnessing wind power.

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Considerations for Siting of Utility Scale Wind Turbine Generators
Presenter:Neils (Chris) Schmitt
Manager of Wind Application Engineering
GE Energy

Introduction: Permanent Magnet Direct Drive Wind Turbine Generator
Presenter: Scott Rowland, Vice President, Engineering
Goldwind USA

Jeffrey Winters
Senior Editor, Mechanical Engineering

Jeffrey Winters is Senior Editor at ASME's magazine, Mechanical Engineering, where he has focused on energy and related issues. Mr. Winters has written about a wide variety of science and technology topics since the early 1990s, with his work appearing in magazines such as Discover, The Sciences, Popular Science, and Psychology Today.

About the Presenters

Neils (Chris) Schmitt has been serving GE as the Global Manager of Wind Application Engineering for three years. Prior GE leadership roles include management of the Technical Operations Group in Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine, Wind, and Solar products; Project Management Center of Excellence Manager, focused on project structuring during the inquiry phase; and Power Plant Systems Quality Leader. Before joining GE Power, Mr. Schmitt held several management positions in Operations, Engineering, and Marketing with Dresser Rand Turbo-Products Division. Mr. Schmitt earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cornell University, and has done post graduate business courses with Kettering, Georgia Tech, and the University of Chicago. He has also achieved his Master Black Belt Quality Certification.

Neils Chris Schmitt

Neils (Chris) Schmitt

Manager of Wind Application Engineering
GE Energy

Scott Rowland manages the technical services group for Goldwind in the Americas. This group's responsibilities include developer support, scope, and technical issues relating to contracting, project execution, as well as operation, management, and warranty of commissioned turbines. Prior to joining Goldwind, Mr. Rowland had worked most recently as an independent consultant, primarily in the renewable energy space. He also held positions of Vice President, Engineering and Construction for First Wind (previously known as UPC Wind), where he managed technical review of projects, interconnection studies and agreements, turbine acquisition, and project engineering, procurement, and construction during the company's rapid growth years. He held a similar position with Texas Wind Power/Cielo Wind Power prior to joining UPC. Mr. Rowland is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and received a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Steve Goff

Scott Rowland

Vice President, Engineering
Goldwind USA, Inc.

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