The Center for Wind Energy is currently working on projects for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and industry partners.
In a collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas, faculty in the group are performing multiple research projects sponsored by industry members to solve pressing needs of the wind industry.
In a collaboration with Wichita State University, faculty in the group are researching new resins that will make future wind turbine blades more sustainable.
Mass CEC provided a grant to support the growth of wind energy in Massachusetts. As part of this grant, UMass Lowell is expanding its research in wind energy and supporting collaborative research between our faculty and students and the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, MA.
UMass Lowell was awarded a grant to be one of 10 participants in the Natioanl Collegiate Wind Competition being held in 2014. The team is working on a deployable, portable, bio-inspired wind turbine concept.
Recently, faculty in the group completed a project funded by the Department of Energy ARRA program (Award No. DE-EE0001374). This work, entitled Effect of Manufacturing-Induced Defects on Reliability of Composite Wind Turbine Blades, supported DOE's efforts on developing "affordable, reliable domestic wind power" and brought together a strong, complementary team from academia (University of Massachusetts Lowell), two DOE laboratories (NREL and Sandia), and a major wind turbine blade manufacturer (TPI) to address one of the key issues affecting wind power cost and reliability - manufacturing-induced defects in the blades. The complexity of this problem required the assembled team's expertise in materials - specifically textile and composite structures - finite element modeling, composites manufacturing, mechanical characterization, structural dynamics, nondestructive inspection (NDI) and structural health monitoring (SHM), sensors, and wind turbine blade testing. The significant results from this project are documented in a final report (see below).