The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $2 million to fund research projects that harness wind energy using taller towers.
Projects under the funding will engineer design concepts for fabricationg and installing turbine and tower systems with a minimum hub height of 120 meters. Large-scale wind turbines in operation today average 90 meters. Projects should also address the potential transportation and logistical challenges larger towers face.
DOE says in the northeastern, southeastern and western U.S., wind conditions near the ground are often low or turbulent, which limits the amount of electricity generated from wind energy. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s “Analysis of Transportation and Logistics Challenges Affecting the Deployment of Larger Wind Turbines,” wind turbines with hub heights up to 140 meters will unlock an additional 1,800 GW in wind power resource potential across an area roughly the size of Texas.
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