Competitiveness Improvement Project Hits First Certification Milestone

May 8, 2018

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The Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) is a periodic solicitation through the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Primus Wind Power, which received a turbine testing program award under the Wind Energy Technologies Office's Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) for distributed wind energy, achieved certification in February 2018 of its Primus Air40 wind turbine model. This certification represents just one of many successes achieved by CIP awardees.

Turbine certification requires third-party-verified structural review and testing for safety and function, performance, and durability to national standards. Certification of wind turbines helps consumers identify products that have proven performance and filter out untested products and exaggerated marketing claims.

Primus Wind Power is a leading supplier of micro wind turbines, providing off-grid turbines with peak power of 160 and 400 watts. Primus' turbines are typically installed to power remote assets that are not connected to a central electricity grid (e.g., oil and gas platforms, telecom towers, homes, and military equipment). Additionally, Primus is conducting certification testing of its Air30 model with support awarded under CIP.

CIP aims to facilitate the development of next-generation, U.S.-manufactured small and midsize wind turbine technology by awarding cost-shared contracts for system design optimization, advanced manufacturing, and turbine testing. In addition to Primus, CIP solicitations have resulted in numerous success stories, which are detailed in a new program fact sheet.