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This $24 million program initiative will fund consortia between institutions of higher learning and industry that will perform focused research on critical wind energy challenges. The DOE intends to award 2-3 grants, and the maximum range of a DOE award will be between $8-12 million. Applicants must provide at least a 10% cost share of total project costs, including at least 20% for R&D. DOE funds will be provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, and provide investments needed to increase wind energy R&D.
Applicants need to address two complementary areas:
- 1. Partnerships for Wind Research and Turbine Reliability: Universities in regions of the country in a Power Class 3 at 50 meters or greater wind region with consistent wind resources throughout the year are encouraged to team with industry partners to establish facilities/equipment and a research agenda necessary to study major challenges facing today's wind industry. Proposals that address one or more challenges described in the “20% Wind Energy by 2030” report and include descriptions of how the wind hardware and software purchased will be acquired. The DOE will highly encourage research in “turbine reliability” as a topic in any consortia proposal.
- 2. Wind Energy Research & Development: University R&D to advance material design, performance measurements, analytical models, and leveraging partnerships with industry to improve power systems operations, maintenance or repair operations, wind turbine and/or component manufacturing, and interdisciplinary system integration. Fellowships, internships, etc. may be used to support the research agenda. Universities are encouraged to partner with the wind industry in defining their R&D agenda, developing their curriculum, and intern partnerships.