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WindPACT

The Wind Partnerships for Advanced Component Technology (WindPACT) studies were conducted to assist industry by testing innovative components, such as advanced blades and drivetrains, to lower the cost of energy. Specific goals included:

  • Foster technological advancements to reduce the cost of wind energy
  • Determine probable size ranges of advanced utility-scale turbines over the next decade for U.S. application
  • Evaluate advanced concepts that are necessary to achieve objectives of cost and size for future turbines
  • Identify and solve technological hurdles that may block industry from taking advantage of promising technology
  • Design, fabricate, and test selected advanced components to prove their viability
  • Support wind industry through transfer of technology from laboratories to industry.

WindPACT Studies

Alternative Design Study Report: WindPACT Advanced Wind Turbine Drive Train Designs Study, November 1, 2000 – February 28, 2002

Northern Power Systems WindPACT Drive Train Alternative Design Study Report: Period of Performance April 12, 2001 to January 31, 2005

WindPACT Turbine Design Scaling Studies: Technical Area 4 — Balance-of-Station Cost; 21 March 2000 – 15 March 2001

WindPACT Rotor Design Study: Hybrid Tower Design; Period of Performance: 29 June 2000 – 28 February 2004

WindPACT Turbine Design Scaling Studies Technical Area 3.Self-Erecting Tower and Nacelle Feasibility March 2000 – March 2001

WindPACT Turbine Design Scaling Studies Technical Area 1 — Composite Blades for 80- to 120-Meter Rotor; 21 March 2000 – 15 March 2001

WindPACT Turbine Design Scaling Studies Technical Area 3 — Self-Erecting Tower and Nacelle Feasibility: March 2000 – March 2001. (2001)

Addendum to WindPACT Turbine Design Scaling Studies Technical Area 3 — Self-Erecting Tower and Nacelle Feasibility Study: March 2000–March 2001

WindPACT Turbine Design Scaling Studies: Technical Area 4 — Balance-of-Station Cost; 21 March 2000 – 15 March 2001

WindPACT Turbine Rotor Design Study: June 2000 – June 2002 (Revised). (2006)

WindPACT Turbine Rotor Design, Specific Rating Study; Period of Performance: June 29, 2000 – March 1, 2003

WindPACT Turbine Design Scaling Studies Technical Area 2: Turbine, Rotor and Blade Logistics; 27 March 2000 – 31 December 2000