DOE Announces Funding for Wind Turbine Drivetrain Technologies

Proposals for Wind-Wildlife Operational Challenge due June 10 View in browser
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May 9, 2019

Department of Energy Selects Four Projects to Develop High-Efficiency, Lightweight Wind Turbine Generators for Tall Wind and Offshore Applications 

On May 2, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected four projects totaling up to $8 million to develop next-generation wind turbine drivetrain technologies that will facilitate the continued growth of wind turbines for both land-based tall wind and offshore applications. These projects will develop more efficient, smaller, and lighter-weight generators that will lower costs and make wind power more affordable.

To learn more about the selected projects, read the Progress Alert.

The drivetrain is the “powerhouse” of a wind turbine, containing the generator and gearbox which converts the torque—or rotation of the blades—into electricity.

To learn more about wind turbine drivetrain technologies, see our blog.



Deadline Approaching for Funding Opportunity

Request for Proposals to Address Wind-Wildlife Operational Challenges

DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released an RFP in support of NREL’s Technology Development and Innovation (TD&I) program to address wind-wildlife operational challenges.

The goal of TD&I is to aid the development of wind-wildlife impact mitigation technologies that will facilitate more efficient and cost-effective wind energy deployment across the United States. The subsequent contract(s) will support the advancement and validation of emerging technologies that detect and deter birds and bats from wind energy facilities, as well as the understanding of bat and eagle behavior and physiology for the purpose of advancing impact minimization technologies.

For more information, please visit the RFP posting, or contact Procurement Office Subcontract Administrator William Algiene with any questions. To read more on the TD&I program, please see NREL’s website.

Applications are due June 10, 2019.


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