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WindSTAR brings the innovative research capabilities of leading universities to develop high-impact solutions to key industry challenges. WindSTAR’s goal is decrease cost and increase reliability at all stages of wind power plant development: component fabrication, array design, operations and maintenance.

WindSTAR Industry/University Cooperative Research Center


WindSTAR is an NSF-funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Wind Energy, Science, Technology and Research. A collaboration between UMass Lowell and the University of Texas at Dallas, the Center aims to solve the pressing needs of the wind industry. The Center has partnered with Iowa State University, the Maine Wind Industry Alliance, and Kid Wind to help support the research activities.

The university collaborators in WindSTAR bring significant experience, expertise and resources to perform research in the following areas:

  • Composites and Blade Manufacturing
  • Foundations and Towers
  • Structural Health Monitoring, Non-Destructive Inspection, & Testing
  • Wind Farm Modeling and Measurement Campaign
  • Control Systems for Turbines and Farms
  • Energy Storage and Grid Integration


The mission of WindSTAR is to bring together university and industry researchers to conduct basic and applied research on topics that relate to the advancement of wind turbines and the wind industry, combine state-of-the-art capabilities and knowledge to advance projects relevant and of mutual interest to industry partners, train students in the advanced technologies that are important to industry members, and foster a community for networking, interactions, and collaborations.