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David Wood

David Wood is a professor at UCalgary's Schulich School of Engineering. He has been the NSERC/Enmax Industrial Research Chair in Renewable Energy since 2010.  David has developed multi-dimensional techniques for large blade design in a joint project with Siemens Energy, and he is currently working with TransAlta on monitoring the condition of generator bearings. As part of a joint project with the City of Calgary and Enmax, he is assisting the mapping the urban wind resource in Calgary. Collaborative research is also underway in wind and solar energy forecasting. His work also includes harnessing renewable energy resources in developing countries, including a current project to improve the efficiency of cross-flow hydro-turbines. He has worked with companies in Nepal and Kenya and lectures on wind turbine design in Ethiopia.

Selected publications

  • Wood, D.H. (2011), Small Wind Turbines: Analysis, Design, and Application. Springer-Verlagh.
  • Wood, D.H., Freere, P. Stand-Alone Wind Energy Systems, Technology of stand-alone and hybrid wind energy production and storage, J. K. Kaldellis (ed.), Woodhead Publishing, 2011.
  • Sessarego, M., Dixon, K.R. Rival, D.E., and Wood, D.H. (2014) A hybrid multiobjective evolutionary algorithm for wind-turbine blade optimization, Engineering Optimization, DOI: 10.1080/0305215X.2014.94153.
  • Adhikari, R.C., Vaz, J.R.P., Wood, D.H. (2016) Cavitation Inception in Crossflow Hydro Turbines, Energies, 9; doi:10.3390/en9040237
  • Wood, D.H., Okulov, V., Bhattacharya, D., (2016) Direct calculation of wind turbine tip loss, Renewable Energy, 95, 269- 276.

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