JAM, also known as Task 57, is an International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind Task for the Joint Assessment of Models. In simple terms, we use the IEA structure to foster communication, coordination and collaboration among worldwide experts and stakeholders interested in the performance of computer models being used to drive wind energy technology forward, make deployment decisions, and design operational strategies.
The J – “Joint” means that we are combining efforts that would otherwise take place independently and in a fragmented way. Our community brings together experimentalists and computational modelers from around the world. Participants come from research laboratories, academic institutions, and industry spaces. The latter includes wind turbine manufacturers, wind plant owners and operators, and wind energy consultants. By involving industry in our work, we ensure the applicability of our methods and results to the real-world design, installation, and operation decisions. By working together, we maximize and accelerate our research output to support the fast-paced growth of wind energy across the globe.
The A – “Assessment” refers to the technical activities that we perform to evaluate the performance of computer models relative to field measurements of atmospheric flow fields, wind turbine operation and structural response, and wind turbine wakes.
The M – “Models” refers to a wide spectrum of computer models which may be implemented differently depending on the simulation tool. The models considered in JAM range from relatively simple and fast steady-state analytical models to state-of-the-art high-fidelity models of the atmospheric boundary layer, the wind turbine aerodynamics and structural dynamics.