Commerce Department Awards Grant to DWEA to Develop SMART Wind Consortium

Group to craft technology Roadmap

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) recently awarded a two-year grant to the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA) to form a consortium of distributed wind energy equipment manufacturers, suppliers, customers and university researchers. With these partners, they will develop a “Roadmap” to identify common manufacturing gaps, prioritize actions to close these gaps and foster rapid transfer of solutions.

“Our vision is to leverage industry-academic dialogue to develop strategies to aid distributed wind industry growth and advance innovative manufacturing techniques by increasing production volumes and reducing lifecycle costs, while maintaining high quality,” said Jennifer Jenkins, DWEA executive director. “As both developing and industrialized nations seek to address climate and economic challenges, the U.S. distributed wind industry stands poised to provide cost-effective solutions and claim its share of a projected $2 trillion global market.”

“In order for the U.S. distributed wind industry to remain leaders in this important space, it is critical that we increase collaboration and improve product offerings through the advancement of technology, while driving down component costs,” said Troy Patton of Northern Power Systems. “This new consortium will allow us to share ideas and forge ahead as global leaders in the growing market of distributed wind.”

“I’m thrilled to be leading such an important effort to improve competitiveness and drive down costs of wind projects installed behind the meter,” said Heather Rhoads-Weaver of eFormative Options. “This project will bring together all the critical stakeholders in our industry to help U.S. distributed wind turbine and component manufacturers – and members of the entire value chain – maintain their edge in a growing global market.”

NIST’s interactive map shows initial SMART Wind project partners, which DWEA will update as the consortium develops.

Source: eFormative Options

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