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Richmond, Va.-based Alstom has been awarded a $4.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to research advanced control systems and integrated innovative sensors for offshore wind projects.

The company says its research project will take place over five years and will be conducted in cooperation with the National Renewable Energy Labortory's National Wind Technology Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Laboratory for Ships and Platforms Flow, and Texas Tech University's Wind Science and Engineering Research Center.

The research will be focused on the development and integration of offshore wind turbine control strategies and the integration of innovative technologies in an advanced floating foundation, Alstom explains. As such, it will support the development of an optimized, robust and reliable offshore system for a 6 MW class wind turbine tailored to the specifics conditions of U.S. deep waters.

The program includes validating Alstom’s existing 1.67 MW and 3 MW wind turbines in the U.S., as well as of the first units of its forthcoming 6 MW offshore wind turbine, to be installed in Europe this year and next year.

The grant was part of $43 million in funding announced by DOE to lower the cost of energy and shorten the timeline for deploying offshore wind energy systems in the U.S. by speeding technology innovations and removing current market barriers.




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