November 9, 2021 9:15 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CET

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COMSOL Day: Renewable Energy

The renewable energy industry is constantly evolving thanks to the continuous development of new technologies and growing market demand.

The design of devices and systems for renewable energy production and storage presents complex challenges, involving resources and expertise in all engineering fields. In this scenario, multiphysics simulation represents a powerful tool for designers because it allows them to simultaneously analyze different physics aspects, evaluate performance before prototyping, and choose the most effective design solutions.

COMSOL Day: Renewable Energy will focus on the role of numerical simulation in designing devices and technologies for the green energy industry. Invited expert speakers will share their experiences, and COMSOL technical staff will host sessions to show you how to use modeling and simulation apps to design and optimize solar cells, wind blades, batteries, fuel cells, and more.

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9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
9:35 a.m.

The development and deployment of renewable and green energy sources is one of the most important challenges for a sustainable and climate-friendly future. Research and development are crucial to not only consolidate established technologies but also promote new solutions. In this context, the use of simulation is key.

Several physical aspects must be considered in the design of renewable energy utilization, such as the efficiency of solar cell manufacture and use, the mechanical and acoustic behavior of eolic equipment in extreme environments, and the charge and discharge properties of batteries. All of these applications invariably involve considering a multiphysics approach to adequately simulating them.

During this session, we will discuss the latest trends in modeling various aspects of renewable energy development and deployment. You will also learn how simulation experts are making their high-fidelity models available with easy-to-use applications for colleagues and customers.

10:00 a.m.
Parallel sessions
Modeling Electrochemistry for Renewable Energy Devices

The creation of renewable energy often requires the ability to store such power from the time when this creation is optimal (when the Sun is out or the wind blows), which is often done through power storage in batteries or the production of hydrogen in electrolyzers.

This session will present some of the functionality in COMSOL Multiphysics® for modeling devices for renewable electrical energy storage and utilization within the Battery Design and Fuel Cell & Electrolyzer modules. The presentation will also cover some of the upcoming news in COMSOL Multiphysics® version 6.0.

Vibroacoustics Analysis in Renewable Energy Systems

Noise and vibration analysis is part and parcel of the design of almost every dynamic mechanical system. During this session, you will receive an overview of the physics and solver capabilities available in the COMSOL® software for solving acoustic–structure interaction problems that lead to this phenomenon. You will also obtain insight into some of the upcoming news in COMSOL Multiphysics® version 6.0 related to vibroacoustics analysis.

10:45 a.m.

The renewable and green energy market is growing, with large investments being made by both industry and government alike to help decarbonize our economies in a bid to tackle climate change. This panel session brings together specialists from a range of fields including wind, solar, hydro, and geothermal engineering to discuss the novel multiphysics technologies being developed to advance them as well as explore the potential use for simulation to increase their scope and impact.

11:45 a.m.
Parallel Sessions
Thermal Management of Devices and Systems for Renewable Energy

In the race to a greener future, we need to optimize the efficiency of every link of the chain of production, distribution, and use of energy. In this session, we will explore the functionalities of COMSOL Multiphysics® for modeling conduction, convection, and radiation in applications like investigating the thermal performance of an electric motor and computing the thermal efficiency in ventilated façades. Multiphysics capabilities come into play, allowing us to easily and efficiently integrate temperature changes in our product development that influence a variety of other processes, like the chemical performance of batteries and failures in electronics due to thermal expansion and moisture absorption.

Advanced Structural Analyses in A Renewable Energy System and Its Components

In this session, we will demonstrate the structural mechanics modeling of systems and components from such built specifically for renewable energy, with a primary focus on wind and solar energy systems.

Various kinds of structural mechanics features and analysis methods available in the COMSOL® software can be used to model renewable energy systems, e.g., structural dynamics, multibody dynamics, rotordynamics, fluid-structure interaction, modeling of composite materials, etc. These will all be presented and discussed.

We will showcase several examples in the field of renewable energy, e.g., composite materials modeling of a wind turbine blade, stresses and deformation in a solar panel, fluid-structure interaction analysis in a wind turbine, noise and vibration analysis of a gearbox, modeling of different types of bearings, etc. A live demo of COMSOL Multiphysics® will be included and the session will end with a Q&A session.

12:30 p.m.
Break for Lunch
Introduction to COMSOL Multiphysics® for New Users

Learn the fundamental workflow of COMSOL Multiphysics®. This introductory demonstration will show you all of the key modeling steps, including geometry creation, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing.

1:15 p.m.

Edmund Dickinson, National Physical Laboratory

Electrochemical energy storage devices, such as Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors, are central to global strategy for making renewable energy portable. Practical power and energy demands for energy storage devices in use — Li-ion batteries for electric vehicles, for instance — have prompted rapid exploration of new materials to optimize existing designs and investigate next-generation technologies. Performance of energy storage materials can be investigated alongside other chemical characteristics through complementary measurements (for instance, charge-discharge cycling, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, etc.). In order to reliably and effectively interpret the resulting characterization data, we must establish a critical approach to the measurement science of these techniques.

In this talk, Edmund Dickinson (National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK), will explain how the quality of measurements on energy storage materials can be optimized through a simulation-led strategy. In this methodology, 2D and 3D simulations of electrochemical processes in the cell geometry are implemented in COMSOL Multiphysics®. Interpretation of the simulation results allows deeper understanding of optimal cell design, considering tradeoffs between cell capability for measurements at industrially relevant power density and the constraints of specific measurement techniques. The results provide clear direction to experiments establishing improved measurement protocols, which can then be disseminated to investigators in industry and academia.

1:45 p.m.

Giuseppe Petrone, BE CAE & Test

For several years, “green economy” and “sustainable development” have been keywords in our political programs, industrial projects, and social lives. Challenges and opportunities related to the green economy are not questionable. Eco-friendly improvements in compliance with the environment are essential to respect the planet's health and preserve human life.

Some negative aspects related to green-labelled technologies are sometimes not clearly declared and should be considered also. One of the most evident examples is battery disposal due to battery use for electrical vehicles. Other matters are less evident and their effects are complex to assess. To this aim, numerical modeling represents a powerful tool to investigate the topic.

During this talk, one of the hidden critical aspects concerning green-labelled technologies will be discussed. Some COMSOL® applications concerning thermal and CFD simulations will be shown. In particular, transient and parametric analysis devoted to analyzing the island of heat due to high-extended PV solar plants will be presented.

2:15 p.m.
Parallel Sessions
Solar Radiation Modeling

Solar radiation is an important renewable energy source that can generate electricity via photovoltaic (PV) cells or concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. Sunlight can also be redirected into buildings to provide an energy-efficient, natural indoor light source.

In this session, we will discuss the use of COMSOL Multiphysics® to model the reflection, focusing, scattering, and obstruction of sunlight. In the COMSOL® software, sunlight propagation can either be modeled using a ray optics approach, where individual light rays may be tracked as they reflect and refract at surfaces, or it may be formulated as a heat transfer model where the view factors between different surfaces are used to compute the radiosity and temperature. In this session, we will explain the implicit assumptions in both approaches and provide some examples of each.

Fluid–Structure Interaction Analyses

Fluid–structure interaction (FSI) refers to engineering phenomena where a fluid’s flow leads to a solid object’s deformation, while that object’s deformed shape affects the pressure and direction of the fluid flow.

In this presentation, we will explore the different classifications of FSI analyses and discuss which tools within COMSOL Multiphysics® can be used to solve each case. We will also present a number of examples ranging from flow-induced vibrations to robotic swimmers.

3:00 p.m.

COMSOL Multiphysics® version 6.0 is coming soon! This session will touch upon the highlights of the new release:

  • Model Manager: Major new functionality that allows colleagues to collaborate and centrally organize models and apps, including access and version control as well as advanced search
  • Uncertainty Quantification Module: A new product that includes tools for uncertainty quantification, including design of experiments
  • Increased efficiency in solving surface-to-surface radiation
  • Flow-induced noise
  • Improved large eddy simulation (LES) with automatic wall treatment and thermal wall functions
  • Control of the thickness of the boundary layer mesh for CFD and node trimming
3:45 p.m.
Concluding Remarks

COMSOL Speakers

Daniele Panfiglio
Managing Director, Italy
Daniele Panfiglio has been with COMSOL since 2009 and currently works as the managing director of the Italian office. He received his degree in material science engineering at the University of Brescia. Before joining COMSOL, he worked in the plastics injection molding simulation field.
Lara Baldessari
Sales Manager
Lara Baldessari joined COMSOL in 2011 as a customer sales representative and is currently sales manager for the Italian office. She received her MS degree in computer science engineering at the University of Brescia. Previously, she worked as a consultant and technical sales specialist in the enterprise software industry.
Henrik Ekström
Technology Manager, Electrochemistry
Henrik Ekström is the technology manager for electrochemistry at COMSOL. Prior to joining COMSOL in 2010, Henrik worked at various fuel cell startup firms in Sweden. He received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Kirill Shaposhnikov
Senior Developer, Acoustics
Kirill Shaposhnikov works at COMSOL as a development engineer in the acoustics group. He has a degree in applied mathematics from South-Russian State Polytechnic University and a PhD in mechanical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology. His interests focus on applied mathematics, mathematical physics, and numerical analysis.
Beatrice Carasi
Applications Engineer
Beatrice Carasi currently works as an applications engineer in the COMSOL Italian office, where she is also part of the local support team. Previously, she studied mechanical engineering at Politecnico di Milano and received her MS degree specializing in fluids engineering. She joined COMSOL in 2013.
Pawan Soami
Technical Product Manager
Pawan Soami is the product manager for the Composite Materials Module and Multibody Dynamics Module. He has been working at COMSOL in the Bangalore office since 2010. He received his master's degree in aerospace engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, where he worked on spectral methods for wave propagation in structures.
Caroline Harfield
Commercial Sales Manager
Caroline Harfield joined COMSOL in December 2014 as a technical account manager. She studied theoretical physics at University College London before doing a DPhil at the University of Oxford in biomedical engineering. She researched the theoretical modeling of ultrasound contrast agents for drug delivery and bio sensing applications.
Chris Boucher
Technical Product Manager
Chris Boucher is the technical product manager for the Particle Tracing Module, Ray Optics Module, and Molecular Flow Module. He received his BS degree in aerospace engineering and physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) before joining COMSOL in 2012.
Mats Nigam
Technology Director, CFD
Mats Nigam is the technical product manager for fluid flow at COMSOL. Prior to joining COMSOL in 2012, Mats worked in academia at MIT and Cambridge University and in the pulp and paper industry at Noss AB. He received his PhD in applied mathematics from MIT in 1999.
David Kan
Vice President of Sales
David Kan is COMSOL's vice president of sales for the southwestern region of the US. He set up the Los Angeles branch office of COMSOL in 2001 and received a PhD in applied mathematics from UCLA in 1999.

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Invited Speakers & Panelists

Mark-Paul Buckingham Xi Engineering Consultants Ltd.

Dr. Mark-Paul Buckingham is the managing director of Xi Engineering Consultants, an innovative engineering firm based in Edinburgh. He has been actively engaged in onshore and offshore wind projects for the past 15 years and sits on the International Standards Organization (ISO) group for wind turbines. He is also an active member of both RenewableUk and Scottish Renewables.

Xi’s work, led by Dr. Buckingham, is often responsible for reducing barriers to deployment of renewables. He was responsible for freeing up over 1 GW of onshore development in Scotland due to seismic vibration levels of turbines. This work was conducted for the Eskdalemuir Working Group formed of DECC, MOD, Scottish Government, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, and several wind turbine deployment companies. Xi Engineering Consultants assists wind turbine developers to understand the impact of acoustics and vibrations to mitigate these concerns and develop sites. Dr. Buckingham also has extensive experience in working within both public and private sectors and his role includes assistance in the development of standards. He has also led Xi Engineering Consultants to numerous solutions resolving issues relating to wind turbines around the world. He has extensive experience working directly with manufacturers to improve their devices and the developers/operators of such systems.

Dr. Buckingham has a bachelor’s with first class honors in mechanical engineering from the University of Edinburgh. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh School Of Mechanical Engineering, focusing on the dynamics of complex composite structures. The PhD thesis covered the measurement and reduction of vibrations within various systems and structures. He is also an associate member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Sonya Calnan Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB)

Sonya Calnan leads the Photovoltaics to Fuels Technology Group at the PVcomB in the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB). Her present research seeks to overcome the technological challenges of integrating photovoltaic modules with electrochemical cells for energy storage and use. Specific focus is on combined simulation-experimental supported design and engineering aimed at scaling system sizes while enhancing overall efficiency, reducing costs, and prolonging lifetime. She joined HZB in 2009 as a project manager for technology transfer projects with various photovoltaic cell manufacturers. Prior to that, she completed her PhD at the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering in Loughborough University (UK). Sonya received an MSc in renewable energy systems from Aachen University of Applied Science, Germany, and a BSc in electrical engineering from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. She also holds an MBA from Leicester University (UK).

Edmund Dickinson National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

Edmund Dickinson is a senior research scientist at the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL), where he leads electrochemical modeling work on electrochemical energy storage devices (especially Li-ion batteries), electrochemical hydrogen technologies (fuel cells and electrolyzers), and corrosion phenomena occurring in nuclear and renewable energy sector infrastructure. Edmund has a background in fundamental electrochemical theory and previously spent six years supporting electrochemical modeling applications at COMSOL.

Michal Kruszewski Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems IEG

Michal Kruszewski is a research associate at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems IEG within the Reservoir Engineering department. He holds an MEng in petroleum engineering from the Department of Drilling, Oil, and Gas at the AGH University of Science Technology. He gained his engineering experience while working on the Iceland Deep Drilling Project 2 in Reykjanes, Iceland. His main research focuses on the topics of reservoir geomechanics, 1 to 4D geomechanical modeling, drilling, and well completion technologies, especially for deep geothermal resources. He is involved in promoting wider use of geothermal energy on a global scale in various international organizations. Since 2019, he is also a PhD student at the Institute of Geology, Mineralogy, and Geophysics at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) within the Engineering Geology working group.

Andrea Mannelli Spike Renewables Srl

Andrea Mannelli is an R&D energy engineer at Spike Renewables and a PhD candidate in energy engineering at University of Florence. His research area is related to complex energy hybrid systems with particular focus on renewables coupling with energy storage. He also has experience in CFD and electrochemistry simulations for improving electrolyzer design and multiphase flows.

Giuseppe Petrone BE CAE & Test

Giuseppe Petrone is the founding partner and sole director of BE CAE & Test, a COMSOL Certified Consultant. After graduating in mechanical engineering, he obtained a PhD in energetics and process engineering. He is an expert in thermal and fluid dynamics simulations and has been a COMSOL user since 2005.

Paolo Taddei Spike Renewables Srl

Paolo Taddei is a mechanical engineer and managing director of Spike Renewables Srl and founder of RE-CORD Consortium, a spinoff of the University of Florence. Paolo's activities are focused on the engineering of innovative pilot plant designs and construction and his research areas are focused on the production of hydrogen from innovative electrolyzers and hydrogen storage in MOF. He submitted patents as an inventor for biofuel production by pyrolysis and HTL processes. He uses the COMSOL Multiphysics® software and Fuel Cell & Electrolyzer Module for the design optimization of innovative electrolyzers.