In partnership with Intertek's Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CECET), New York-based Clarkson University has opened a new blade test facility on its campus that will test the strength and rigidity of small- and medium-scale wind turbine blades.
CECET and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) both helped fund the new laboratory. NYSERDA has contributed $877,000 to CECET toward the creation of the $1.2 million facility.
In all, NYSERDA has contributed about $4 million to CECET, which will also operate a solar panel testing facility in Cortland, N.Y., now under construction and expected to be operational by this fall.
‘We are pleased that Governor [Andrew] Cuomo and NYSERDA have shown their confidence in Clarkson as a partner in research and evaluation to support and grow New York-based wind market activities,’ says Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University. ‘Our goal is to serve as the go-to research facility for manufacturers of small to midsize wind turbines."