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Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development
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Funded Projects

The Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development received a $3 million, three-year grant from the Iowa Power Fund, a part of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.

The $3 million grant was approved to implement research, training and education, and evaluation of testing needs expressed by numerous wind energy companies. Some elements of the grant have an industry match, while all of the elements will serve to further stimulate wind industry development in Iowa.

For more information about funding, click here. For specific questions about research and training/education funding opportunities, send an email message to fred-streicher@uiowa.edu.

Following is a list of funded projects to date:

Research

Investigator: Christoph Beckermann, The University of Iowa
Grant: Reliability-based Manufacturing Process and Design Optimization of Wind Turbine Castings (in partnership with Clipper Windpower, Inc. and Nadicom)
Amount: $300,000

Investigator: Pablo Carrica, The University of Iowa
Grant: Tool Development for Direct Simulation of Interaction between Wind Turbine Blade Aerodynamics and Gearbox Loads
Amount: $99,150

Investigator: Kyung K. Choi, The University of Iowa (in partnership with Clipper Windpower, Inc.)
Grant: Reliability-Based Design Optimization of Wind Power Structural Systems with Target Confidence Level
Amount: $300,000

Investigator: Michael R. Kessler and David Grewell, Iowa State University (in partnership with Siemens Energy, Inc.)
Grant: Advanced Carbon Fibers from Lignin for Wind Turbine Applications
Amount: $100,000

Investigator: Hui Hu, Iowa State University
Grant: A Wind Tunnel Study of the Interferences of Multiple Wind Turbines over Complex Terrains for the Optimal Turbine Site Design and Durability in Operation
Amount: $99,998

 

Training and Education

Investigator: Dean R. Hoffman, Des Moines Area Community College
Grant: Equipment for Des Moines Area Community College's Industrial Electro-mechanical Technology Program
Amount: $58,058

Investigator: Josh Byrnes, North Iowa Area Community College
Grant: IA wind Grant Application to Expand Wind Technician Training Program
Amount: $62,995

Investigator: Pablo Carrica, The University of Iowa
Grant: Instrumented Wind Turbine for Experiments for Mechanical Engineering Undergraduates
Amount: $39,779

Investigator: Dean Hoffman and Jack Thompson, Des Moines Area Community College
Grant: Equipment for Des Moines Area Community College's Industrial Electro-Mechanical Technology Program
Amount: $58,989

Investigator: Recayi Pecen and Hong Nie, University of Northern Iowa
Grant: Design and Implementation of a 12 kW Wind-Solar Distributed Power and Instrumentation System as an Educational Testbed for Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Students
Amount: $88,287

Investigator: Recayi Pecen, University of Northern Iowa
Grant: Development of Course "Wind Energy Management"
Amount: $9,000

Investigator: Frank Peters, Matt Frank and Ron Cox, Iowa State University
Grant: Advanced Metrology for Wind Energy Manufacturing
Amount: $95,000

Investigator: R. Ganesh Rajagopalan, Iowa State University
Grant: Development of Course "Introduction to Wind Energy"
Amount: $10,000

Investigator: James Trepka and Phil Thomas, Kirkwood Community College
Grant: Equipment Support for Wind Energy Technician Program
Amount: $42,857

Investigator: David Bennett, The University of Iowa
Grant: Undergraduate Certificate in Wind Energy
Amount: $99,156