Wind Turbine Company Lands NREL Grant

The Wind Turbine Company (WTC) has been awarded a US$800,000 contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (DOE, NREL) to continue prototype testing and development of the company’s WTC 750-kW wind turbine.

Bellevue, Washington – July 13, 2004 [] “Our new wind turbine technology provides the potential to reduce wind electricity cost by approximately one-third,” said Larry Miles, president of the Wind Turbine Company. “We are very close to delivering our break-through wind turbines to the commercial market.” Prototype testing will occur at the DOE’s National Wind Technology Center, which also will provide technical assistance on the project. Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has been awarded a subcontract to support WTC in its turbine development efforts. WTC’s 750 turbine features two rotor blades, oriented on the downwind side of the tower. Under a previous contract with NREL, and with additional support from the California Energy Commission, WTC built and tested two prototypes, the first rated at 250 kW, the second at 500 kW. The current contract is focused on optimizing the design and preparing the new machine for the commercial marketplace. Hamilton Sundstrand has expertise in aerospace control systems, rotating machinery, and rotor blades. Hamilton Sundstrand can also draw on the technical resources found in sister companies of UTC including Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney as well as its parent’s United Technologies Research Center. Hamilton Sundstrand has previously provided WTC with technical support.

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