Bloomington, US: The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded USD 700,000 to Indiana University (IU) Bloomington Professors Rebecca J. Barthelmie and Sara C. Pryor, along with colleagues from six institutions and companies in the US and Europe. They will study use this fund to study Lake Erie wind resources and to perform a detailed evaluation of remote sensing technologies for wind resource estimation.
IU will share USD 420,000 with Case Western Reserve University, Arizona State University, Risoe Danish Technical University (Denmark), Clarkson University, SgurrEnergy and Horizon Wind Energy LLC. This consortium of public and private partners has expertise in ground-based instrumentation, remote sensing and unmanned aerial vehicles to provide a three-dimensional view of wind characteristics that can be used to design wind turbines and wind farms and to optimize energy capture and reduce the cost of electricity.
Barthelmie will lead a consortium to measure offshore wind and turbulence and to develop best practices for operation of different instrumentation. A professor of atmospheric science and sustainability in the Center for Research in Environmental Sciences, Barthelmie is also a co-principal investigator on a grant within this same funding round led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop simulation platforms for offshore wind climates.
Source: Indiana University