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Announcement of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Opportunity for a Large-Scale Blade Test Facility Partnership

Announcement of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Opportunity for a Large-Scale Blade Test Facility Partnership

Date: 5/1/2006

Contact: Jason Cotrell, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Phone: 303-384-7056

Deadline: October 2, 2006
Full Announcement (PDF 202 KB) Download Adobe Reader.
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.

Blade testing is required to meet wind turbine design standards, reduce machine cost, and reduce the technical and financial risk of deploying mass-produced wind turbine models. NREL operates the only blade test facility in North America capable of performing full-scale testing of megawatt-scale wind turbine blades. Rapid growth in wind turbine size over the past two decades has outstripped the capabilities of this blade test facility, leaving the U.S. wind industry without a suitable means of testing blades for large land-based and offshore turbines. The DOE/NREL motivation for 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 testing capabilities of sufficient size and availability at a reasonable cost to the users.

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. Please see the announcement for full details.

This information was last updated on May 01, 2006