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3 Cleantech Facilities You Should Know About
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National Wind Technology Center
An inspector rappels down the blades of a 3MW wind turbine. The turbine is undergoing testing at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado. At the National Wind Technology Center, scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory work side-by-side with wind industry partners to increase system reliability and reduce wind energy costs. The center's test sites are ideally situated to experience diverse, robust wind patterns that are advantageous for the development of advanced wind energy technologies.
Image: Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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National Solar Thermal Test Facility
Solar thermal components and systems are developed, researched, and tested at Sandia National Labs' National Solar Thermal Test Facility. Researchers also conduct tests on other technologies where intense thermal flux is needed. Large-scale solar concentrators can be used for optical experiments such as astronomy and laser applications. The facility is available for use by federal agencies, research institutes, universities and private companies.
Image: Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories.
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Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit
Located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit is a 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art laboratory for testing and developing emerging biofuels technologies. The facility provides researchers with the tools and technologies necessary to produce demonstration quantities of biofuels from biomass such as grasses, wood and agricultural residues. The facility is available for use by Energy Department-supported researchers, academic institutions, non-profit research organizations and companies involved in biofuels R&D production.
Image: Roy Kaltschmidt, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.