Charlotte Chapter Meeting

October 12, 2015

Dilworth Grille


Meeting: Monday, October 12, 2015

Time:       5:30-8:00 p.m.

Location: Dilworth Grille, 911 E. Morehead St. Charlotte

Topic:       High Altitude Wind Energy

Cost:         $30 PENC members; $35 nonmembers

RSVP:       Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 9, by completing the form here 

Airborne wind energy systems (AWEs), which replace traditional towers with tethers and a lifting body, enable the harnessing of high-altitude winds that possess 5-10 times the power density of ground-level winds, all while eliminating 90 percent of the material that is needed for towered installations. This makes AWEs an attractive short-term option for remote power markets that currently rely on diesel generation, as well as a long-term solution for increased renewables penetration on the grid. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has become a leader in addressing the pressing engineering concerns for AWEs, particularly as they relate to flight dynamics and control.

Chris Vermillion received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2009 and received his undergraduate degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2004. Immediately following his Ph.D. work, Dr. Vermillion worked on advanced automotive powertrain control, focusing on constrained optimal control approaches that simulatneously addressed the competing performance interests of fuel economy, emissions, drivability, and torque delivery. Subsequently, he served as a lead engineer for Altaeros Energies and managed all of the dynamic modeling, control system design, software development, and embedded hardware development for Altaeros' lighter-than-air wind energy system. Dr. Vermillion has participated in the full-scale flight-testing of two of Altaeros' designs. Dr. Vermillion's current research focuses on the labscale characterization and optimization of airborne wind energy system flight dynamics, along with adaptive and predictive altitude optimization strategies for airborne wind energy systems. Dr. Vermillion was the recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award in 2015.

Upcoming Meetings:
Saturday, Nov. 14: Joint tour with ASME-Richard Childress Race Shop & Winery
Monday, Dec. 14: Tour of Atlas Copco Compressors, Rock Hill, SC


PENC Charlotte Regional Seminar
Save the date:October 29th, PENC Charlotte Regional Seminar at UNCC, Main Campus

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Charlotte Chapter: 
PENC’s Charlotte Chapter comprises the following counties: Cleveland, Lincoln, Gaston, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Stanly, Union and Anson.




Chapter Leadership
DeeAnn Guthrie, PE
Aerocompact, Inc.
Andrew Kennedy, PE
Ryan Lindsey, EIT
Wayne Brothers Inc.
Jason Sparks, PE
Turner Construction

Past President
Kevin Higgins, PE
Michael Baker Engineering

Rob Belisle, PE
Chuck Walker, PE
Mecklenburg County

Greg T. Welsh, PE
Burton Engineering
Crystal Williams, PE, CFM, LEED AP