DOE Selects Two Wind Turbine Blade Test Facilities for Up to $4 Million in Funding
June 25, 2007
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman on June 25 announced that DOE has selected the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Partnership in Massachusetts and the Lone Star Wind Alliance in Texas to each receive up to $2 million in test equipment to develop large-scale wind blade test facilities, accelerating the commercial availability of wind energy. These consortia have been selected to negotiate cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) to design, build, and operate new facilities to test the next generation of wind turbine blades. Facilities are expected to be operational in 2009. Promoting the use of wind energy is an integral part of President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative, which seeks to change the way we power this nation by increasing the use of clean, renewable energy sources.