Wind Program issues Notices of Intent for Recovery Act wind projects

April 30, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program has released two Notices of Intent to issue Funding Opportunity Announcements for projects funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. These Notices are not solicitations and no applications will be accepted at this time.


$45 million for wind turbine drivetrain R&D and testing

DOE will provide $45 million directed toward enhancing the federal government's ability to support the wind industry through testing the performance and reliability of current and next generation wind turbine drivetrain systems. This investment will deliver dependable and cost-effective hardware for utility-scale wind turbines with more than a 20-year design life. Overall, this project will help to improve the country's competitiveness in wind energy technology, lower capital costs of wind systems, and maintain a high level of wind energy capacity growth.


$24 million for wind power research and development

DOE will provide $24 million for the development of up to three consortia between universities and industry to focus on critical wind energy challenges. These partnerships will allow universities to establish research and development programs to advance material design, performance measurements, analytical models, and work with the industry to improve power systems operations, maintenance and repair, and component manufacturing.


Links to the Notices of Intent can be found on the program’s Financial Opportunities page.