DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory supports a Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) as part of its multifaceted wind energy research portfolio to help the U.S. wind industry develop competitive, high-performance technology for domestic and global energy markets. The CIP aims to help manufacturers of small and mid-size wind turbines improve their turbine design and manufacturing processes while reducing costs and improving efficiency, as well as work toward certification. Certification for these turbines is important because it demonstrates to consumers that they meet performance and safety requirements.
For those interested in the CIP, NREL will host a workshop and webinar on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The workshop will review common topics of previous CIP solicitations, merit criteria, design evaluation requirements, and testing and certification standards. The workshop will also afford attendees an opportunity to share the technical challenges and opportunities they are considering, and meet with other members of the distributed wind community. Space to attend in person is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis