DOE Adds $93 Million For Wind Energy Research/Development

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11:23:00 pm on April 29, 2009

By Jeff Siegel
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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This afternoon, U.S. Energy Secretary, Steven Chu announced plans to pony up $93 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support further development of wind energy. He also announced more than $100 million in funding for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and for infrastructure development.

Here’s the breakdown for wind development support…

  • $10 million for the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado

  • $24 million for wind power research and development

  • $14 million for technology development – which will focus primarily on advanced materials for turbine blades and towers.

  • $45 million for wind turbine drive train R&D and testing

Here’s the breakdown for NREL and infrastructure development…

  • $68 million for a research support facility – this will create the nation’s most energy efficient office building at the same cost as low efficiency commercial construction. Ultimately, the goal is to create a design process that can be replicated for future construction projects.

  • $19.2 million for renewable energy and site infrastructure – which will focus primarily on solar, and possibly geothermal.

  • $13.5 million for upgrades to the integrated biorefinery research facility – which will enable the further development of commercial scale cellulosic projects.

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For many of us who look forward to improving an alternative energy source, the news of $93 million on wind energy is a great news. We are all looking forward to a more efficient alternative energy as an outcome of this research. In the mean time, some Universities are now in line to receive between $2 and $5 million to investiagate and design the next generation of Lithiumion battries. This is indeed a good news.

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