This special issue contains selected papers presented at the First International Conference on Next Generation of Wind Energy (ICNGWE-2014). The conference was held at Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM), Spain, during Oct. 7–10, 2014. The sponsors included National Science Foundation, Virginia; CD-adapco, New York; Gas Natural Fenosa, Madrid, Spain; Aldesa Energias Renovables, Madrid, Spain; Edibon, Madrid, Spain; Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain; Lund University, Sweden; and University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The selected papers from the conference cover a broad range of topics that are of fundamental and practical importance for wind energy production and utilization. The papers were invited from lead experts in the field worldwide that provided opportunities for discussion and extension. All papers were then reviewed according to the ASME journal standard and the guest editors handled the reviews. Although rotor blade failure prevention has received considerable attention from wind turbine manufacturers and...

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