The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) awarded $150,000 each to Maine-based Pika Energy and Oklahoma-based Bergey Windpower Co. under its Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) for distributed wind power.
The CIP initiative is intended to expand and revitalize U.S. leadership in domestic and international distributed wind markets by helping U.S. manufacturers lower the cost of energy from their turbines.
Bergey, a long-time industry player, will use its award to help the company identify component improvements that will optimize its Excel 10 turbine technology for increased performance and reduced cost.
Pika Energy, meanwhile, will use its award to develop an advanced blade manufacturing process, which should reduce the cost of energy for its turbines. Pika’s turbine is still under development; the company plans to work toward certification for its technology.
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By Carl Levesque, Consultant, http://www.awea.org/blog/