DOE Webinar July 30: Funding Opportunity for a Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility

July 22, 2009

July 22, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program invites you to join a 1 hour webinar on July 30, 2009 at 11:00 am EDT/8:00 am PDT to discuss the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Recovery Act: Large Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility," which is currently open. The full announcement, DE-FOA-0000112, can be found on the FedConnect Web site.

During the webinar, the program will provide a brief overview of the FOA, followed by a question and answer session using questions provided in advance. The program is required to adhere to DOE procurement guidelines during the webinar; therefore, please submit questions in advance by 2:00 pm EDT on July 27, 2009 by email to". Questions submitted after this deadline will be answered at a later date via the FedConnect Web site.

The objective of this FOA is for the design and construction of a large dynamometer facility for testing 5 to 15 MW rated drivetrains, with supporting systems, and the operation and maintenance of these facilities for the benefit of wind stakeholders nationwide. The proposed facility can be new construction or involve the design and modification of an existing building suitable for electrical, mechanical, and other physical needs associated with a dynamometer test stand. Overhead cranes, access doors, and other facility infrastructure suitable for accommodating associated components and equipment will be required. It is envisioned that the facility will include sufficient office space for permanent staff and visiting users as well as conference rooms, lunch room, restrooms, computer stations, etc. Applicants will be required to submit detailed multi-phase plans including concept designs, preliminary designs, engineering procurement and construction contract management, and a plan for achieving long term sustainable operation, maintenance, and funding without future DOE assistance.

To join the webinar, registration is required in advance. Please visit the webinar's registration page to register. Participants will be provided with the webinar URL and conference call-in number once registration is complete.

Letters of Intent for the FOA are due at 07/22/2009, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Applications for the FOA are due at 08/13/2009, 11:59 PM Eastern Time.