DOE Awards New Distributed Wind Component Projects

October 20, 2017

Since 2013, the CIP has awarded 22 competitively selected, cost-shared contracts to 12 different manufacturers and component suppliers for small and medium-sized wind turbine designs.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced six new contracts totaling $1.49 million awarded by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) under the DOE-funded Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP). Since 2013, the CIP has awarded 22 competitively selected, cost-shared contracts to 12 different manufacturers and component suppliers for small and medium-sized wind turbine designs. Through five rounds of CIP, the DOE has invested more than $5 million. Combined with awardee cost share, CIP-facilitated technology research and development investment totals over $8 million. These distributed wind investments have yielded numerous cost and efficiency improvements, including new small wind turbine designs, quieter and more efficient rotors, injection-molded carbon fiber blades, and power inverters optimized for distributed wind systems.