The International Energy Agency Wind Energy Group (IEA Wind), a global network of researchers and policy experts focused on advancing wind energy development within 24 member countries, has elected several officers.
Ignacio Marti, innovation and research director of U.K.-based Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, has been named chair of the executive committee.
Marti and newly elected vice chair Dr. Stephan Barth, managing director of ForWind Center for Wind Energy Research in Germany, will join re-elected vice chairs John McCann of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Brian Smith of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the U.S.
Fifteen working groups within the international collaboration focus on sharing the latest technologies and best practices and overcoming specific wind energy development barriers faced by the member countries.
The member countries of IEA Wind represent 85% of the world's installed wind capacity. Research and development (R&D) collaboration among members has played a major role in addressing the most difficult-to-solve wind technology challenges, and collaboration will continue to be important as future challenges are identified and addressed, says the group.