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R&D Partnership Opportunity for Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Testing

September 25, 2007

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program released its first call for proposals from developers, owners, operators, and manufacturers interested in forming partnerships through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to test utility-scale wind turbines. The objective of the CRADA is to support industry efforts to improve reliability and performance of the utility-scale (500 kW or larger) commercial wind turbine fleet intended for deployment in the United States. The turbines selected for participation will be erected at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory National Wind Technology Center, south of Boulder, Colo., for a period of 1 to 3 years. Tests conducted will include power performance, acoustic noise, structural loads, and power quality.

The deadline for submitting proposals for consideration has been extended to November 26, 2007.

For more information on this CRADA opportunity, see Opportunity for Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for NWTC Utility-Scale Turbine Testing Partnership (PDF 140 KB). Download Adobe Reader.

Or contact:

Lee Jay Fingersh
NREL, MS 3811
1617 Cole Blvd.
Golden, CO 80401

CRADAs are flexible negotiated collaborative research agreements between the national laboratories and private companies. Learn more about CRADAs and view a sample CRADA online (PDF 106 KB). Download Adobe Reader