The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has awarded $1 million in grants to four entities for projects that will further the development and marketability of renewable energy technologies in the state. The grants are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Core Wind Power Inc. was among the four grant recipients. The company was awarded $500,000 to develop a 3 MW direct-drive wind turbine to be built in Ronan, Mont. The company holds a patented wind motor/generator that uses direct-drive technology.
The heavy drivetrain gearbox in conventional generators is replaced with the direct-drive CORE system. The developers believe this type of generator will be lighter, lower in cost and less prone to failure. The turbine will be sent to the National Renewable Energy Labs in Colorado for testing before returning to be erected in the Ronan area.
Other recipients include Algae Aqua Culture Technologies, Opportunity Link and Earl Fisher.