In January, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Gamesa Technology Corporation, Inc. announced a public-private partnership to develop advanced wind technologies. Gamesa is a world leader in the design, manufacture, installation, and maintenance of wind turbines. Its partnership with NREL will focus on developing new turbine components for the U.S. market, better systems that allow turbines to operate more efficiently in various conditions, and technologies to advance offshore wind development in U.S. coastal waters. Currently, the United States doesn’t have any offshore wind projects. But the NREL and Gamesa partnership begins as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar pledged to sign leases for offshore wind projects by the end of 2012.
“We are pleased to have Gamesa working with NREL as an R&D partner,” Dana Christensen, NREL’s Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology, said in a press release. “These types of collaborations demonstrate a commitment to crucial technology development and the public-private partnerships necessary to ensure the continued momentum of the wind power industry. Our role with the Department of Energy is to help reduce technical risks and thereby help accelerate next generation technology into the marketplace. NREL is proud to be at the forefront of this important work.”
Testing of the first new wind turbine technologies is slated to begin this month. The partnership is scheduled to run through 2013 with the option of an additional two years of collaboration.