Mesalands Community College has partnered with the UCLA's mechanical and aerospace engineering department and the mechanical engineering and material science department at St. Louis' Washington University. Both universities signed a memoranda of understanding (MOU) with Mesalands.
These documents allow the universities to use the commercial-sized turbine and the first-class facilities at the new Mesalands' North American Wind Research and Training Center. This partnership will aid wind energy research at each university.
Including the agreement it signed last year with Sandia National Laboratory, Mesalands now has three such research partnerships.
The community college says partnering with two major universities and a national laboratory will help examine challenges related to operations and maintenance of wind turbines and help explore new ways to increase efficiency and longevity. Research at the new wind center will also assist in the future development of technologies to make wind power a steady and reliable source of electricity, according to the community college.
SOURCE: Mesalands Community College