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DOE Awards $45M to Clemson to Support Large Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility

The US Department of Energy has selected Clemson University to receive up to $45 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a wind energy test facility that will enhance the performance, durability, and reliability of utility-scale wind turbines.

Wind turbine sizes have increased with each new generation of turbines, and have outgrown the capacity of existing US drivetrain testing facilities. The Large Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing facility will enable the United States, which leads the world in wind energy capacity, to expand development and testing of large-scale wind turbine drive-train systems domestically.

The new facility will be located at the Charleston Naval Complex, a former Navy base in North Charleston, South Carolina, and will be a part of the Clemson University Restoration Institute campus. The test facility will operate as a non-profit organization with a business model designed for sustainability while providing ongoing state-of-the-art testing to wind turbine manufacturers.

The Large Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing facility will feature power analysis equipment capable of performing highly accelerated life testing of land-based and offshore wind turbine drive systems rated at 5-15 megawatts (MW). These dynamometer tests of drivetrains are required to demonstrate compliance with wind turbine design standards, reduce wind turbine costs, secure product financing, and reduce the technical and financial risk of deploying mass-produced wind turbine models.



There is a new synchotron out there ( Australia? somewhere) with (eventually?) 40 beam paths that can do finite element analysis of objects up to two tons.
That is any? running? jet engine.
Wil try and find out more on that one.


Wind mill blade design can be improved to capture up to 30% more wind energy.

Win turbine blade design based on whale's irregular fin edges have given good results. More research is being done in Alberta. Various waved blade edges gave unsuspected results.

A wind turbine with ideal blades, installed at an ideal height could capture up to 50% more wind energy.

It could be an easy way to reduce the cost of wind produced electricity.


Heres the link

Some cut and paste from 'The Science Show' Australian Broadcasting Comission.Radio National.

"By next year this place will be the only one in the world that can handle large engineering objects of up to two tonnes, an aircraft turbine for example.

Naomi Fowler: I'm back in the doughnut building with Professor Terrill.

When are they going to finish this building?

To be perfectly honest, hopefully never. As a scientist I hope we never finish because...
And Professor Terrill may get his wish, this place can ultimately house up to 40 beam lines, each one optimised for a specific technique. This is Naomi Fowler at the Diamond Light Source research facility, for The Science Show."

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