US DOE awards $6 million to nine wind energy research projects

  • The agency believes the research projects are crucial for the development of wind energy under its “all-of-the-above” energy strategy

  • The projects would focus on creating solutions to provide more deployment alternatives at lower costs

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has reportedly announced that it has allotted USD 6.2 million for a total of nine wind energy environmental research projects. As per trusted sources, these projects are anticipated to lower environmental impacts of onshore and offshore wind energy and environmental compliance expenses.

Reportedly, these research projects are in the initial phase and are crucial to development of wind energy as part of DOE’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. These projects would receive funds from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office.

These projects, according to DOE, would develop technology solutions to operational challenges and environmental siting to lower project permitting increase in the certainty of project development outcomes, costs and time, and provide more deployment alternatives at lower costs.

Three projects by Stantec Consulting Services of Topsham, Maine, American Wind Wildlife Institute of Washington, D.C., Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), of Palo Alto, California would receive USD 2.3 million to take forward the advancement of intelligent curbing tactics to lower energy loss.

According to a news release issued by the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, USD 2.5 million would be provided to Western EcoSystems Technology of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Oregon State University of Corvallis, Oregon, SMRU Consulting of Friday Harbor, Washington, to create and corroborate mitigation and construction monitoring solutions for the offshore wind environment to ease regulatory hurdles to deployment.

Reported, USD 1.4 million would be awarded to the Iowa State University of Ames, Iowa, General Electric Renewable Energy of Greenville, South Carolina and National Renewable Energy Laboratory of Golden, Colorado for projects dedicated to fast-tracking the market readiness of bat deterrent technological solutions that would lessen the requirement for curtailment.