Grants & Awards

Christopher Niezrecki, Professor, Director - Wind Energy Research Group; Co-director - Structural Dynamics & Acoustic Systems Laboratory

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from UMass Lowell and Wichita State University has been awarded nearly $1.9 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the next-generation of wind-turbine blades. The team will create new forms of sustainable, bio-derived materials for manufacturing the blades.

“This study aims to replace petroleum-based epoxy resins currently used in turbine blades with more eco-friendly materials,” says mechanical engineering Prof. Christopher Niezrecki, who is the principal investigator for the project and a member of UMass Lowell’s Wind Energy Research Group (WERG).