How new technologies can help assess impact of wind energy projects on the local population

By Karun

The Wind Energy industry is at an inflection point. There is a tremendous opportunity for renewable energy in general, and specifically Wind energy, as can be envisaged by the ambitious plans for countries like Germany, UK, China, India and several others.

The key to a Wind farm project success is to start on the right foot, by identifying the right site. Many companies identify the site based on technical factors (such as wind speed data, grid connectivity), economic factors (ROI, tax credits, feed-in tariff) and political factors (local regulations and political support) and even environment factors (e.g. bird migration paths) are assessed and validated during the siting phase. However, what is often underestimated or even overlooked is the social dimensionassessing the impact of the projects on the local population, who are both citizens impacted by the project and also potentially consumers of the power produced. These factors can add considerable risk to the project and needs to be included as part of the project development process in order to avoid expensive delays that can fundamentally affect the economics of the project.  There can be significant opposition to Wind energy among the communities where Wind farms will be located. Among the main concerns are noise, effects of health, visual impact and adverse effects to wildlife.

One of the innovative ways to achieve this is to use advanced analytics to capture and analyze the sentiments of the local population. Such innovative techniques are commonly used by consumer driven companies (like Consumer Good and Consumer Product Good industries) as a way to capture the voice of customer very early in the project. The analytics can assess the sentiments of the local population by analyzing what is being said from various sources – like media authored or followed by local media and local influences (such as blogs). Such analysis can identify regions where there could potentially be opposition to wind energy and also identify risks for the project stakeholders.

Several stakeholders from project developers, financers, owners / operators have considerable stake tied up in the projects and can least afford any expensive delays during the construction phase due to opposition from local population. Ideally, such issues should be identified and accounted in the site selection during project development.

To learn more, go to http://www.3ds.com/industries/energy-process-utilities/wind-power/

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Karun CHAKRAVARTHY is a member of the Energy, Process & Utilities Industry team

 

World-Changing Dreamer: Andjelic Zoran

By Aurelien

IFWEFollowing up our introductory post on World-Changing Dreamers revealed by the IF WE Challenge, this is a first post in a series about our three lucky winners.

Let’s begin with the second runner-up, Andjelic Zoran. His IF WE Dream was: “IF WE have enough 3D printers, we could make custom made prosthetic limbs for all victims of landmines and renew their faith in science”. Andjelic talks about his dream with great passion:

I currently work as an industrial equipment designer in Italy and often stay after work to use your software, I am simply in love with it.  But I’m originating from Bosnia and Herzegovina and there are a lot of people injured by land mines in my country.

The main thing that bothers them with their prosthetics besides the limited functionality due to limited budget is the aesthetics. Usually they come in skin-color, that’s pretty creepy because it looks like a puppet part. Many of them are young, have psychological issues and have lost their faith in science, because of its involvement in weapon design. Now they can see athletes at the Olympic games with state-of-art prosthetics, yet they can’t have such prosthetics.

Since I have skills in surface design, my dream is to return in Bosnia and use my knowledge to help this people.  Modern technology makes possible to scan injured limbs and 3D print custom, more ergonomic prosthetic limbs. Such equipment is very expensive and I know it is impossible to help everyone at the moment but I want to start and raise money to fulfill my dream. In Bosnia my friends have some CNC machines able to produce some parts for those limbs. I will find my way through humanitarian organizations to get appropriate 3D scanners and 3D printers for custom made parts but we will certainly need software that is able to use scanned dates, transform them in STL file, support 3D printing and CNC machining.

I hope that we will be able to produce prosthetics that will be more functional, more comfortable and make some people happy again. I also hope that your company will give a contribution. So I send you my concept of prosthetic limb. I will add outside parts when we become able to produce them.

As a winner of the third prize, Andjelic was provided with a high performance laptop and a CATIA licence. Here is what he wrote us when he received the package:

I have received the package with laptop and I am very happy right now. [...] This will help me a lot to make my dreams come true.

We definitely hope so, Andjelic, and we’re glad to bring a humble contribution to your world-changing dream!  :D

Live from World Engineering Education Forum in Argentina

By Charles

Throughout the year, Dassault Systèmes is involved in a lot of worldwide events promoting engineering education.

From October 15th to 18th was held the first World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This event brought together the biggest and most important international organizations devoted to engineering education like The MathWorks, HP or Microsoft. The objective was to think and find solutions about sustainable development and social inclusion through engineering education.

As a premium sponsor, Dassault Systèmes played a major role during this event:

Our 3DS booth gathered the Academia team from 3DS HQ, the 3DS Latin America team and Teckdes, our local academic reseller. They met with students, deans and educators, but also hosted several meetings, including a workshop highlighting academic projects authored by Argentinean students.

Our 3DS booth gathered the Academia team from the HQ, the LATAM Marketing team and Teckdes, our local academic reseller. They met with students, deans and educators, but also hosted several meetings, including a workshop highlighting academic projects authored by Argentinean students.

Invited on stage, students from the National University of La Plata and Universidad Tecnologica Nacional presented their projects made with CATIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and other 3DS software. Have a look at the projects:

Modelization and analysis of the operational capacity of La Plata airport in order to modernize and improve its capacity.
Made with: CATIA V6, SolidWorks, ENOVIA V6 and 3DVIA Composer

Innovation product design: The Smart Doormat has been designed to clean shoes and to prevent the floors from rotting. Indeed, our houses, hospital and all indoor places in general are   polluted with germs, dirt, bacteria and so on because people don’t take off their shoes.
Made with: CATIA V5 and 3DVIA Composer

An alternative solution for recycling automotive tires: the use of tires as water conducts. The objective of this project was to develop a machine to manufacture a duct for/to drain stacked water.
Made with: CATIA V5 and SIMULIA

Design of a Three Wheel Electric Vehicle:  The vehicle is powered with 19,5 kw/hs Lithium Batteries and has Brushless Type Electric motor.  Its maximum speed is 60 km/h with a range of 300 km.
Made with: CATIA V5 and SIMULIA

You can find on our Facebook page more pictures from the WEEF 2012 event as well as more details about the student’s projects. Hope you’ll enjoy!  :D

 



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