Azure Energy has installed two wind turbines for Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) Wind Energy Research and Commercialization (WERC) center as part of the school's Great Lakes Energy Institute.
Both turbines – a 225 kW Vestas V27 and a 1 MW Nordex N54 – were rebuilt and installed off-campus at a site near two commercial companies, Stamco Industries Inc. and William Sopko & Sons Co., in Euclid, Ohio.
In 2010, Azure Energy was contracted to install a Northern Power 100 kW turbine on CWRU's campus in Cleveland. The university says the three turbines provide research opportunities for its students and industrial partners. Azure Energy provided the project management services to design the foundations, electrical systems, turbine refurbishing, installation and commissioning of the three turbines.
"These projects are keeping Case Western Reserve University at the forefront of universities skilled in wind power research – not just in northeast Ohio, but around the nation," says David Matthiesen, a professor at the university and director of the WERC Center.
CWRU is collaborating with other partners to open up research opportunities to businesses and nearby colleges, including Lorain County Community College in Lorain, Ohio, which offers a degree specifically for wind turbine technicians. Similar sharing arrangements were made for the turbine installed at the Great Lakes Science Center in 2006, also by Azure Energy.