DOE Announces Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Awards
- Pika Energy of Westbrook, Maine, will improve the performance of its existing components and manufacturing process. Pika will scale up its existing turbine components to roughly twice their current size to produce a turbine capable of producing more energy at a reduced end-user cost. Pika will also implement the use of an injection molding technique for manufacturing in order to produce lighter and stronger components.
- Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vt., will develop and deploy an innovative blade designed for low wind speed applications. Northern Power Systems will also model and test an advanced control method that will help increase the amount of energy produced by its turbine.
- Endurance Wind Power of Spanish Forks, Utah, will test the prototype of its expanded rotor that allows for a larger wind-sweep area, leading to a more efficient turbine.
- Urban Green Energy of New York, N.Y., will test its vertical axis wind turbine against the American Wind Energy Association’s Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard. The standard was created by the small wind turbine industry, scientists, state officials, and consumers to provide consumers with realistic and comparable performance ratings of competing products.