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The Virginia Mountain Section of the IEEE March 2011 Update

Next Meeting - April 21: Student Presentations on SouthEastcon - Roanoke
Last Meeting
: Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Roanoke.

Election Results
- results of the Excomm election
Contact List -
changes to the IEEE VMS email list
February Meeting -
Richard Greer, Smart Grid Power Point Presentation.

Wind Energy 101: Introduction to Wind Turbine Technology

Presented by: Cy Harbourt
Senior Design Engineer
GE Energy, Salem, VA

Download Power Point Presentation
(you will need MS Powerpoint to view it)

GE has been investing in renewable energy sources including wind since 2002. Many engineers working in the Salem GE facility have been involved in the development and deployment of GE wind turbines from that time. Much work has been done by the Salem GE team on power electronics development for wind, wind turbine controls and wind farm grid integration in the past 8 years. The results of that work will be discussed, including the following:

  • GE Energy and wind power – where are we
  • Wind power for the future
  • What goes into a wind turbine?
  • How do you extract power from wind on a utility scale and some of the issues
  • The growth of the wind power industry,
  • Opportunities for offshore wind power

Cy Harbourt received his BSEE from the University of Missouri in 1977 and his MSEE from Syracuse University in 1979. He has worked for GE for (almost) 30 years on many different power electronics designs including:

40KVA VSCF systems utilizing cycloconverter power conversion
EV2000 induction motor drives for electric vehicle
GTO based battery energy storage systems
Cycloconverter based main drives for steel mills
IGCT based 3 level NPC main drives for steel mills
IGBT based power converters for wind turbines

His latest role is system engineer for a high power compressor drive working with engineers from other GE locations in Shanghai and Munich.

Meeting Details:
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Social: 6:30 PM
Dinner: 7:00 PM
Talk: 8:00 PM
Cost: Spouse's Special
Cost: Members & Guests $20.00, Students $10.00

Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View (click here for map)
3315 Ordway Drive
Roanoke, Virginia

Directions to Holiday Inn - Roanoke Valley View:
I-581, Exit 3
Hershberger Rd West
1st Right onto Ordway Drive, ¼ mile,
Right into parking lot.

Please contact John Dilley,,
or 540-443-2800 Ext. 8607 (email preferred),
to make reservations by 5 PM, Monday, March, 21 2011 and specify the number of attendees.

P.E. Continuing Education Credit Hours
One continuing education credit hour will be awarded for attendees of this presentation.

Results of the recent EXCOM elections:

Chair: Jeffrey Wimmer
Vice Chair: John Dilley
Secretary/Treasurer: Gail Gray
At-Large Members: Dave Geer, Joe Hartwell, Andy Poush, George Williams

Contact List Updated
Dave Livingstone has updated the email list with information from the IEEE database. If you do not wish to receive further emails from IEEE VMS, you can update your IEEE profile and opt out or you can email Dave and he will remove your name from the listserv.

February Meeting - for a copy of the Powerpoint presentation from the February, 2011 meeting, "Smart Grid Technologies Piloted at American Electric Power", presented by Richard Greer, click here.


The Virginia Mountain Section (VMS) of the IEEE has been serving members in the Southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1949.

We currently have two Student Chapters in local universities and colleges:

  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Tech

and the VMS Consultants Network Affinity Group

The purpose of this Affinity Group is to share information concerning consulting opportunities, and to make a list of consultants and their areas of expertise available to potential employers.

Anyone wishing to be added to this group, or desiring more information should contact David Livingston,

Information about our Section, the Chapters, and material of interest to our members may be found by selecting items in the left column of this page.

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