Special Talk on Wind Energy

everyone is invited but please RSVP to fraser.davidson@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

The local CMOS chapter is hosting a Talk By Dr. Peter Taylor on Wind Energy on

June 30th at 11 am in
The Chemistry Physics Building room C-2045.

Part of this talk will present a video of potential interest for high school science teachers for use in their curriculum.

A brief introduction on current wind energy projects and plans in the province is envisaged.

There will be a light lunch social held following the talk.

More details below:

Wind Energy in Canada; the basics, the resource and the opportunity – an educational video plus a talk.
Peter Taylor, York University.

With Outreach funding from the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Science, a group of us have produced an
educational video reporting on “Wind Energy in Canada – Physics, Planning and Politics.” It has been a joint venture with York’s
Film program and will soon be available for distribution to schools and other interested groups.

Part A of the video (approx 30 min), aimed at a non-specialist audience, is finished and will be shown. In addition material that
will become the more technical, Part B, of the video will be presented as a talk (approx 30 min) on the basic Physics of wind
energy and wind turbines.


Professor Peter Taylor works on atmospheric boundary layer studies using a range of numerical models and conducting field
programs. Recent work has focussed on wind energy applications, blowing dust (on Mars) and snow (on Earth), including Arctic
field studies such as STAR (Storm Studies in the Arctic). He was a member of the Canadian science team for the NASA/CSA Phoenix
Mars lander, which operated successfully on Mars May  Nov 2008.

Peter has a longstanding interest in renewable energy research and was the 2003 recipient of the R.J.Templin award from the
Canadian Wind Energy Association. He was awarded the Environment Canada, Patterson Distinguished Service Medal in 1998. He is
Principal Investigator for the OQ-net project involving a network of VHF wind profilers in Ontario and Quebec and has conducted
extensive research on winds in complex terrain, including the Askervein Hill experiment of 1982/83 – a widely used data set for
model validation.

Peter has been a professor of Atmospheric Science and Applied Mathematics at York University since 1988, prior to which he was a
Senior Research Scientist with the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC). Earlier he had taught Applied Mathematics at
University of Toronto and Physical Oceanography at University of Southampton (UK).


When: June-30-11 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (UTC-03:30) Newfoundland.

Where: MUN Chemistry Physics Building Room C-2045