WindLogics, a provider of wind and solar resource analysis, is participating in a University of Minnesota-led consortium selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to study and improve wind turbine performance and reliability.
The company will work with university researchers to develop and validate an advanced computational framework for high-resolution simulations of wind turbulence and its effect on wind turbine performance.
The program includes the installation of a new Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbine at the University of Minnesota Outreach Research and Education (UMore) Park in Rosemount, Minn. These new research efforts at UMore Park will complement other wake-effect research currently under way by the university, WindLogics and other partners at an operating wind farm.
The consortium, convened by the university's Institute on the Environment, is expected to receive funding of up to $8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding through the DOE.
The program's proposed agenda includes 11 research areas, as well as an educational component. Industrial partners, in addition to WindLogics, include Barr Engineering, Eaton Corp., Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Luna Innovations, Siemens Energy and 3M. Additional academic partners include Syracuse University and Dakota County Technical College.