As part of the recent $53 million announcement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer research and development projects, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced selection of 106 new projects across 26 states, totaling nearly $21.3 million in funding. Read the EERE Progress Alert.
The selected small businesses are receiving Phase I grants that demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations during the first phase of their research. Most Phase I awards are $200,000 for a performance period of less than one year.
The wind energy award selections are:
- Sanchez Engineering Services of Alexandria, VA will develop a novel remote measurement instrument that uses the principles behind holograms to determine wind velocity and direction for wind turbine control and wind site assessment. The project will complete a conceptual prototype design to validate cost advantages of the method.
- Sequent Logic, LLC of Logan, UT will study the feasibility of specific fiber-optic sensing technologies for monitoring and maintenance of subsea cables used to transmit electricity from offshore wind projects.
- Deep Reach Technology of Houston, TX will develop a technology that eliminates the need for boreholes, which are currently used for offshore wind foundations and anchors. If successful, the technology could reduce costs and environmental impacts.
- Pecos Wind Power of Somerville, MA will develop a novel tilt-up tower and installation system for small wind turbine systems to reduce tower and balance-of-station (e.g. transportation, assembly, and installation) costs.