Sandia to operate new Texas wind test facility with partners

Sandia National Laboratories is moving its wind energy test facility to a location owned by Texas Tech University near Lubbock, with operations likely to begin there in spring 2012.

Sandia , Texas Tech and Group NIRE are negotiating a three-way research agreement under which this facility will operate. The US Energy Department is funding Sandia’s work.

The site will perform primarily experimental work in turbine-to-turbine interactions and will evaluate innovative rotor technologies. It will also investigate areas including aero-acoustics, aero-elasticity and structural health monitoring using embedded sensor systems.

“Wind flows into a turbine, and we understand how the turbine responds,” says Sandia project lead Jon White. “But what we aren’t as clear on is what happens to the Log in to read complete article.

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