Siemens Energy will establish its U.S. wind turbine research & development competence center in Boulder, Colo. The facility is expected to employ an estimated 50 people and will focus on atmospheric science research, aerodynamic blade design, structural dynamics, wind turbine dispatch prediction and reliability.
Siemens and the National Renewable Energy Lab also intend to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement for the installation of a Siemens 2.3 MW pilot wind turbine with a 101-meter-rotor at the National Wind Technology Center location south of Boulder. The company will test basic wind turbine characteristics and verify new performance-enhancing features and turbine reliability under severe weather conditions over a minimum period of three years.
‘This is another great testament to Colorado's growing New Energy economy,’ says Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo. ‘We continue to establish ourselves as a worldwide leader in renewable, sustainable and modern energy. The arrival of the Siemens U.S. wind turbine research center draws particular attention to the creative and groundbreaking work being done in energy R&D in Colorado right now.’