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Deadline Extended for Blade Test Facility CRADA Applicants

NREL seeks partners to build new blade test facility

September 8, 2006

In response to requests by potential applicants for an NREL Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for a new blade test facility, the proposal application deadline has been extended from October 2 until November 10, 2006. The CRADA, announced by the U.S. Department of Energy and NREL last June, seeks government, private, or nonprofit partners to design, construct, and assist in operating one or more wind turbine blade test facilities capable of testing blades up to at least 70 m (230 ft) in length. The purpose of this partnership is to support the U.S. wind industry's development and the deployment of large land-based and offshore wind turbines by providing industry with facilities capable of testing the larger blades at a reasonable cost.

The DOE Wind Program intends to contribute capital contributions up to $2 million, provide NREL staff and expertise to help develop and operate the facility, and license the NREL blade resonance fatigue testing technology. For more information on this CRADA opportunity contact Jason Cotrell at NREL, MS 3811, 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO. 80401. 303-384-7056, Jason_cotrell@nrel.gov or see the original news announcement below.

Original Announcement

Photo of a wind turbine blade test.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking government, private, or non-profit partners to design, construct, and assist in operating one or more wind turbine blade test facilities capable of testing blades up to at least 70 m (230 ft) in length. DOE/NREL encourages interested parties to respond to this Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) announcement with a proposal by October 2, 2006.

In response to requests by potential applicants, the CRADA proposal application deadline has been extended by six weeks from October 2 until November 10, 2006.

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