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News Release: NREL Announces Partnership Opportunity for Multimegawatt Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing

March 23, 2011


Golden, Colo., March 21, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its first call for proposals from wind industry companies interested in forming a partnership with NREL to test a multimegawatt wind turbine drivetrain. The drivetrain will be tested in NREL’s new 5 megawatt drivetrain test facility, which is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2012.
The primary objective of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is to commission the new test facility by conducting an integrated system test on the partner’s test article. The test will begin in July 2012, will last two to four months, and will be followed by customer-specified testing of the article for an additional one to four months. Alternatively, proposals may request testing of a second, customer-provided test article for customer-specified testing.
For more information on this CRADA opportunity, see Opportunity for Cooperative Research and Development Agreement for Testing a Mulitmegawatt Drivetrain at the NWTC , or contact Jim Johnson at 303-384-6989 or . The deadline for submitting proposals is 5p.m. MST, May 13, 2011.
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