Iowa, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND), a collaborative project led by the University of Iowa (UI) College of Engineering, has received a US $3 million, three-year grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a part of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.
According to UI College of Engineering Dean P. Barry Butler, the grant means that the collaborative project, started in 2008, will be able to continue helping the state to attract wind energy companies and related industries in an effort to enhance Iowa’s already high position as a U.S. leader in wind-generated energy.
“The Iowa Power Fund grant is a critical infusion into the state’s initiative for further developing wind energy and keeping our industry edge,” Butler said. “IAWIND is a unique tool available for those companies interested in investing in or expanding to Iowa. It is a strategic, ‘virtual’ partnership designed to help firms that are core to wind energy production and transmission, as well as those that are part of a sophisticated supply chain in manufacturing.”
The grant was approved for IAWIND by the Iowa Power Fund to implement research, education and evaluation of testing needs expressed by numerous wind energy companies. Some elements of the grant have an industry match, while all of the elements will serve to further stimulate wind industry development in Iowa.