The Grandeur of U.S. Wind Testing FacilitiesDec 11, 2013
As the United States continues to look for alternative energy sources, research and development facilities are sprouting up all over the country. The Department of Energy has invested in several facilities, working to learn more about driving down costs of renewables, integration into the grid and feasibility of different types of energy.
Wind technology testing facilites are featured here, and they are grand. Gigantic turbines and drivetrains combined with computer systems and simulators make up these centers, and two facilities opened just this past month: the Clemson University Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility in South Carolina and a National Renewable Energy Laboratory dynamometer at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado. The two test facilities will be used to evaluate in a controlled environment the mechanical systems that convert the aerodynamic forces of wind turbine blades into electricity from a generator. Funded in part by the Energy Department (DOE) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the new facilities will help accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation technologies for both offshore and land-based wind energy systems.
For more information on the newest opening, see South Carolina Opens Nation’s Largest Wind Drivetrain Testing Facility...