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NCURA Spring Meeting. Michael Hahn. Project Officer, Wind and Water Power Technologies Team. April 6, 2011. Wind and Water Power Technologies Program. Gary Nowakowski. Branch Chief, Wind and Water Power Technologies Team. Review of Major Recovery Act Initiatives.

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NCURA Spring Meeting

Michael Hahn

Project Officer,

Wind and Water Power Technologies Team

April 6, 2011

Wind and Water Power Technologies Program

Gary Nowakowski

Branch Chief,

Wind and Water Power Technologies Team


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Review of Major Recovery Act Initiatives

  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Large Blade Testing Facility ($25M)

  • Clemson University Large Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility ($45M)

  • 27 R&D Projects ranging from blade composite design and novel drivetrains to wind grid integration and energy storage ($14M)

  • Seven Hydroelectric Modernization projects ($30M) including private industry and municipals

  • Three University R&D Consortia projects ($23M)


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Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – Large Blade Testing Facility

  • Photo shows facility as of January 2011

  • Facility can test blades up to 90m in length (current testing length at NREL is 40m)


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Massachusetts Clean Energy Center – Large Blade Testing Facility

Artists rendition of blades mounted in the test stands of the facility.

Left test stand can test blades up to 90m and right test stand can test up to 70m



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New Initiatives and Status of Funding in FY11 Facility

  • Status of Funding in FY11 Budget Request:

    • $123M for Wind including Technology Viability, Technology Application, Technology Acceptance, and Offshore Wind

    • $40M for Water including Conventional Hydropower and MHK

  • Offshore Wind Initiative ($50M)

    • Strategic Plan

    • Three Funding Opportunity Announcements

      • Technology Development

      • Market Acceptance

      • Next Generation Drive train

    • MOUs with DOI and NOAA

  • Conventional Hydropower Initiative ($9M)

    • Funding Opportunity Announcement

    • Upgrade feasibility project with ORNL

    • MOU with NOAA


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Budget Request for FY12   Facility

  • Presidential Budget Request for Wind is $126,859,000

  • Presidential Budget Request for Water is $38,500,000

  • Wind and Water budget has grown significantly from FY08

    • FY08 Wind Budget: $49.5M

    • FY08 Water Budget: $10M

  • Two new bills could increase MHK and CH funding

  • Increased Funding will be used for:

    • New Initiatives (Offshore Wind, MHK, Conventional Hydropower)

    • Continued R&D which is needed for:

      • Blades – Lighter blades and improved manufacturing processes for longer blades

      • Drive trains – Addressing durability issues.


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