DOE Announces Nearly $14M To Go To 28 New Wind Energy Projects

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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced the selection of 28 new wind energy projects for up to $13.8M in funding – including $12.8M in Recovery Act fundsThese projects will help address market and deployment challenges

including wind turbine research and testing and transmission analysis,

planning, assessments. Along with the new awards, Secretary Chu

announced the release of DOE’s 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report,

detailing $16 billion in investment in wind projects made in the U.S.

in 2008 – making the U.S. the leader in annual wind energy capacity

growth, as well as cumulative wind energy capacity.

“American families and businesses are struggling in a

recession and an increasingly competitive global economy. The Recovery

Act was designed to rescue the economy from the immediate dangers it

faces while rebuilding its fundamentals, with an eye toward new

industry and opportunity,” Secretary Chu said. “To help meet these

challenges, the Recovery Act invests significant dollars to put people

to work to spur a revolution in clean energy technologies.”

“Wind energy will be a critical factor in achieving the

President’s goals for clean energy, while supporting news jobs,” said

Secretary Chu. “While the United States leads the world in wind energy

capacity, we have to continue to support research and development as we

expand renewable energy deployment.”

DOE’s new report, a comprehensive overview of developments in

the U.S. wind power market released today, found that wind power

capacity increased by 8,558 megawatts (MW) in 2008. This $16B

investment in wind projects made the U.S. the fastest-growing wind

power market in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Wind power

contributed 42% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2008;

for the fourth consecutive year, wind power was the second-largest new

resource added to the U.S. electrical grid in nameplate capacity.

The report, which has been issued annually since 2007,

analyzes a range of developments in the wind market, including trends

in wind project installations, turbine size, turbine prices, wind

project costs, project performance, and wind power prices. The report

also details trends in project financing, a key concern for the wind

industry in the current economic climate, as well as trends in project

ownership, public policy, and the integration of wind power into the

electrical grid. DOE’s report provides the wind industry, state and

local policy makers, and the general public with valuable information

on the state of wind power in the United States.

Some of the key findings of the report include:

  • The U.S. continues to lead the world in annual capacity

    growth and overtook Germany to take the lead in cumulative wind

    capacity. For the fourth straight year, the United States led the world

    in wind capacity additions, capturing roughly 30% of the worldwide


  • The cumulative wind capacity installed in the U.S. at the

    end of 2008 would, in an average year, be able to supply roughly 1.9%

    of the nation’s electricity consumption.

  • Soaring demand for wind has spurred expansion of wind

    turbine manufacturing in the U.S. As a result of this continued

    expansion, the American Wind Energy Association estimates that the

    share of domestically manufactured wind turbine components has grown

    from less than 30% in 2005 to roughly 50% in 2008, and that roughly

    8,400 new domestic manufacturing jobs were added in the wind sector in

    2008 alone.

  • Texas led all states with 7,118 MW of total wind capacity

    installed, followed by Iowa (2791 MW) and California (2517 MW). Seven

    states now have more than 1,000 MW installed, and 13 have more than 500


  • Iowa and Minnesota have the highest levels of wind

    penetration (in-state wind generation as a percentage of all in-state

    generation). Seven states have wind penetration levels greater than 5%;

    six utilities have in excess of 10% wind on their systems.

  • Wind power remained competitive in wholesale power markets

    in 2008, with average wind power prices at or below the low end of the

    wholesale power market price range, although upward pressure on wind

    power prices looks set to continue.

Download the full 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report.

Award Selections Announced recently. Award amounts are subject to final negotiation.

Supporting Wind Turbine Research and Testing

  • Alpha Star Corporation – Advanced Composite Wind Turbine Blade Design Based on Durability & Damage Tolerance (Long Beach, CA) – $200,383
  • Analatom, Inc. – Remote Structural Health Monitoring and Advanced Prognostics of Wind Turbines (Sunnyvale, CA) – $200,000
  • Bayer Material Science, LLC – Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polyurethane Composites for Wind Turbine Blades (Pittsburgh, PA) – $750,000
  • Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln – Online Nonintrusive Condition Monitoring and Fault Detection for Wind Turbines (Lincoln, NE) – $380,398
  • DNV Global Energy Concepts, Inc. – Supporting Wind Turbine Research and Testing – Gearbox Durability Study (Seattle, WA) – $399,616
  • Dow Corning Corporation – Lifetime Lubricating Fluid

    for Gearboxes to Increase Efficiency and Durability of Wind Turbine

    Drive Trains (Midland, MI) – $745,189

  • General Electric – Wind Turbine Manufacturing Process Monitoring (Niskayuna, NY) – $697,769
  • Honeywell International, Inc. – Condition Based Monitoring for Wind Farms (Golden Valley, MN) – $626,086
  • Michigan Aerospace Corporation – Turbine Reliability and Operability Optimization Through the Use of Direct Detection LIDAR (Ann Arbor, MI) – $748,002
  • Native American Technologies Company – Automated

    Welding, Forming, Coating for On-Site Fabricated, Self-Erecting Utility

    Scale Wind Towers (Lakewood, CO) – $749,739

  • Northern Power Systems, Inc. – Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Automation (Barre, VT) – $683,388
  • PPG Industries, Inc. – Wind Blade Manufacturing Innovation (Shelby, NC) – $741,754
  • QM Power, Inc. – Advanced High Power Density Permanent Magnet Wind Generators (Greenwood, MO) – $398,005
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell – Effect of Manufacturing-Induced Defects on Reliability of Composite Wind Turbine Blades (Lowell, MA) – $499,886

Transmission Analysis, Planning and Assessments

  • Areva Federal Services – Best Practices and Advances

    in Strategies and Decision Support Systems for Integrating Wind Energy

    for Reliable Grid Operations (Bethesda, MD) – $275,610

  • Western Electricity Coordinating Council – Balancing

    Authority Cooperation Concepts to Reduce Variable Generation

    Integration Costs in the Western Interconnection (Salt Lake City, UT) –


  • Electric Power Research Institute – Integrating Midwest Wind Energy into Southeast Electricity Markets (Knoxville, TN) – $399,135
  • EnerNex Corporation – Documentation, User Support, and Verification of Wind Turbine and Plant Models (Knoxville, TN) – $749,868
  • Hawaiian Electric Company – Hawaii Utility Integration Initiatives (H.U.I.) to Enable Wind (Honolulu, HI) – $750,000
  • Illinois Institute of Technology – WINS: Market Simulation Tool for Facilitating Wind Energy Integration (Chicago, IL) – $749,877
  • Regents of New Mexico State University – Investigating Short Circuit Models for Wind Turbine Generators (Las Cruces, NM) – $272,816
  • Regents of the University of Michigan – Techniques for Voltage Control and Transient Stability Assessment (Ann Arbor, MI) – $413,534
  • Tennessee Technological University – Multi-Level Energy Storage and Controls for Large-Scale Wind Energy Integration (Cookeville, TN) – $265,677
  • The Regents of the University of Colorado – Upstream Measurements of Wind Profiles with Doppler Lidar for Improved Wind Energy Integration (Boulder, CO) – $233,082
  • University of Texas at Austin – Techno-Economic

    Modeling of the Integration of 20% Wind and Large-scale energy storage

    in ERCOT by 2030 (Austin, TX) – $510,688

  • University of WI-Milwaukee – Lithium-Ion

    Ultracapacitors integrated with Wind Turbines Power Conversion Systems

    to Extend Operating Life and Improve Output Power Quality (Milwaukee,

    WI) – $422,266

  • V&R Energy Systems Research, Inc. – Improving

    Reliability of Transmission Grid to Facilitate Integration of Wind

    Energy in Tri-State G&T and AECI (Los Angeles, CA) – $195,002

  • WINData, Inc. – Use of Real-Time Off-Site

    Observations as a Methodology for Increasing Forecast Skill in

    Prediction of Large Wind Power Ramps One or More Hours Ahead of Their

    Impact on a Wind Plant (Great Falls, MT) – $398,966

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy

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