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Jon G. McGowan



  • B.S., Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1961
  • M.S., Stanford University, 1962
  • Ph.D., Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1965

Research Interests:

Professor McGowan is actively involved in research dealing with energy conversion systems involving thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermal systems analysis. His recent work at the University has concentrated on research projects involving renewable energy systems, with an emphasis on wind or wind/solar powered systems. This work has focused on analytical models for component of system performance analysis, and experimental work dealing with the calibration/validation of such models. Examples of this work include the development of models and design codes for hybrid (wind/diesel/PV) energy systems, and the improvements of components (such as the diesel generator or battery storage) for hybrid systems. His recent work in windpower systems has focused on the key design variables of wind turbines, and the economic and performance analysis of large scale wind systems, especially in the environment of New England.

Research Labs:

Thesis Titles:

  • A. Rogers (Phd) Variable Speed Diesel Power Generation Design Issues, June 1995.
  • W. Q. Jeffries (PhD), Analysis and Modeling of Wind/Diesel Systems without Storage, September 1994
  • C. Avelar (MS), Design and Modeling of Hybrid Power Systems for Brazilian Applications, May 1997.
  • D. S. Jessup (MS) Battery Model Expansion for the HYBRID2 Program, May 1996.
  • D. Pueshcel (MS), Offshore Wind Energy for New England: A Reassessment of Potential, June 1994.

Selected Publications:

  • J. F. Manwell and J. G. McGowan, Wind Diesel System Simulation: A Screening Level Method, International Journal of Solar Energy, 17, p. 223-240, 1996.
  • W. Q. Jeffreis, McGowan, Manwell, Development of a Dynamic Model for No Storage Wind/Diesel Systems, Wind Engineering, 1, pp. 27-38, 1996.
  • McGowan, Manwell, C. Avelar, C. Warner, Hybrid Wind/PV/Diesel Hybrid Power Systems Modeling and South American Applications, Renewable Energy, 1, p. 836-847, 1996.
  • McGowan, Manwell, Modeling of Wind/Diesel/Hybrid Systems, Energy Environment Monitor, 11, p. 47-58, 1995.
  • Manwell & McGowan, A Combined Probabilistic/Time Series Model for Wind Diesel Systems Simulation, Solar Energy, 53, p. 481-490, 1994.

Contact Information:

Gunness Lab 7
Jon G. McGowan
MIE Department
220 ELAB
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-2210
(413) 545-2756
(413) 545-1027

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