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Recovery Act: Wind Energy Consortia between Institutions of Higher Learning and Industry

Open Date: 06/02/2009

Close Date: 07/29/2009

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000090


This opportunity will fund consortia between institutions of higher learning and industry that will perform focused research on critical wind energy challenges. These funds will be provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Eligibility is restricted to consortia led by an institution of higher learning. The consortia must include at least one four-year institution of higher learning that has at least one engineering program that is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The funding will be focused on two complementary areas, but not separate topics:

  1. Partnerships for Wind Research and Turbine Reliability: Universities in regions of the country in a Power Class 3 at 50 meters or greater wind region with consistent wind resources throughout the year are encouraged to team with industry partners to establish facilities/equipment and a research agenda necessary to study major challenges facing today's wind industry. Proposals must address one or more challenges described in the "20 Percent Wind Energy by 2030" report and shall include descriptions of how the wind hardware and software will be acquired. DOE highly encourages research in 'turbine reliability' as a topic in any consortia proposal.
  2. Wind Energy Research Development: University R&D to advance material design, performance measurements, analytical models, and leveraging partnerships with industry to improve power systems operations, maintenance or repair operations, wind turbine and/or component manufacturing, and interdisciplinary system integration.

Fellowships, internships, etc. may be used to support the research agenda. Universities are encouraged to partner with the wind industry in defining their R&D agenda, developing their curriculum, and intern partnerships.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 06/03/2009

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.