University of Minnesota Commissions DOE-Backed Wind Energy Station

November 02, 2011

DOE celebrated on October 25 the commissioning of a 2.5-megawatt wind turbine at the University of Minnesota's Eolos Wind Energy Research Station. The research station, located 25 miles southeast of the Twin Cities, features a Clipper Liberty wind turbine. The installation, supported by DOE, will allow researchers to conduct tests that could improve wind turbine efficiency. It will also help train the next generation of wind industry technicians and engineers.

The University of Minnesota, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Maine in Orono were selected in October 2009 to each receive $7.9 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to develop university-led consortia for wind energy research. Partners in the Minnesota Consortium include DOE's Sandia National Laboratories and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The consortium is funded by the DOE through a $7.9 million Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, plus $3.1 million from consortium members. See the DOE press release.