R&D Partnership Opportunities for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine and Ocean Energy Technologies
September 24, 2007
The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program released its first call for proposals from companies or organizations interested in a research, testing, or product development partnership. These cost-neutral Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) partnerships leverage industry experience and needs with technology research and development expertise available at the National Renewable Energy and Sandia National Laboratories. Working together, this proposed partnership will address industry's key questions in utility-scale wind and ocean energy technologies.
The call for proposals can be found online at:
The program has budgeted approximately $1 million for in kind laboratory-based technical support for these agreements and expects to budget additional funding next fiscal year, subject to Congressional appropriations.
Anticipated proposals are expected to include (but are not limited to):
Testing of systems or components,
Analysis of systems or structures,
Development, modification, and/or use of analysis codes,
Data gathering on turbines or components,
Design or technical system review, and
Other technical support.
The deadline for submitting proposals for consideration is November 5.
For more information on this CRADA opportunity, contact Ian Baring-Gould at NREL, email@example.com.
DOE expects that responses will come from across the board, in terms of the wind and ocean energy industries.
CRADAs create a flexible negotiated collaborative research agreement between a national laboratory and a private company or other entity. The CRADA tool can define any level of partnership, though funds cannot be transferred directly from a laboratory to the partnering entity. More general information on CRADA's can be found on NREL's web site. http://www.nrel.gov/technologytransfer/cradas.html.