The Department of Energy (DOE) says it will award Massachusetts $25 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate development of the state's Wind Technology Testing Center and create hundreds of new jobs in the area.
The new center will test commercial-sized wind turbine blades to help reduce cost, improve technical advancements and speed deployment of the next generation of wind turbine blades into the marketplace.
‘The clean energy technology sector is taking root and growing in Massachusetts, and hosting a national wind technology testing center will be a big boost,’ says Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass. ‘Testing the next generation of wind turbines here will make Massachusetts a hub for the fastest-growing energy source in the world.’
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in September and should be complete by the end of 2010. The state is now concluding the final design for the testing center, while DOE completes the environmental review and public consultation process.
Once finished, the center will be the first commercial large-blade test facility in the nation, allowing for testing of blades longer than 50 meters, which currently can be done in Europe but not in the U.S.
The location of the testing center, at the Boston Autoport in Boston Harbor, provides a shovel ready site featuring proximity to substantial offshore wind resources, truck access, a rail spur and a 1,200-foot dock for transporting blades from oceangoing vessels, according to DOE.
SOURCE: Department of Energy