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US govt gives USD 125m for 50-MW wind turbine, other energy-tech R&D

Wind Turbines. Author: Lance Cheung. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

November 24 (SeeNews) - The US government on Monday announced the award of USD 125 million (EUR 117.7m) in funds to 41 energy technology projects, including a 50-MW wind turbine design and an HVPE deposition process for solar cells with 30% efficiency.

The list of awardees includes the University of Virginia, which will receive USD 3.57 million to design a 50-MW wind turbine featuring downwind morphing to reduce blade loads and allow ultralight segmented blades. The team will build and field test an aeroelastically-scaled version to demonstrate this novel technology.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), meanwhile, will get USD 5.16 million to develop a hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) deposition process for producing photovoltaic (PV) cells with the potential to achieve up to 30% efficiency.

The funds come under the OPEN 2015 programme of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The projects are led by universities, small and large businesses, national labs and non-profits. Apart from wind and solar research and development (R&D) efforts, the full list of winning projects also includes energy storage technology, tidal and ocean energy system designs and algal biomass research, among other.

Descriptions of all the projects are available here.

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