DOE announces effort to advance U.S. wind power manufacturing capacity

The U.S. Department of Energy announced June 2 that it entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with major turbine producers to push wind power generation in the U.S to 20% by 2030.

The MOU (a two-year collaboration) was signed with GE Energy, Siemens Power Generation, Vestas Wind Systems, Clipper Turbine Works, Suzlon Energy, and Gamesa Corporation.

The MOU addresses:

* Turbine Reliability and Operability Research & Development to create more reliable components; improve turbine capacity factors; and reduce installation and operations and maintenance costs.

* Siting Strategies to address environmental and technical issues like radar interference in a standardized framework based on industry best practices.

* Standards Development for turbine certification and universal generator interconnection.

* Manufacturing advances in design, process automation and fabrication techniques to reduce product-to product variability and premature failure while increasing the domestic manufacturing base.

* Workforce development including the development, standardization and certification of wind energy curricula for mechanical and power systems engineers and community college training programs.

Press release here.


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