Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Alstom commemorated the successful installation and full-capacity operation of a 3 MW Alstom ECO 100 wind turbine at NREL's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC).
A collaborative research and development agreement between NREL and Alstom was launched in May 2010. A joint team of NREL and Alstom engineers will perform a series of analyses and tests to evaluate Alstom's drive-train technology. The NREL testing program includes additional measurements that will be added to the type certificate for the 60 Hz ECO 100 configuration.
‘These types of collaborations demonstrate a commitment to crucial technology development and the public-private partnerships that will be necessary to ensure the continued momentum of the wind power industry,’ says Fort Felker, director of the NWTC.
After completion of initial analysis and testing on the Alstom ECO 100 turbine, NREL and Alstom will continue pursuing research and development in advanced technology areas, including controls and offshore wind energy.