Application Deadline Approaches for Competitiveness Improvement Project

March 21, 2018

The Energy Department recently released the latest request for proposals under the Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) for distributed wind energy. The CIP, funded by the Energy Department's Wind Energy Technologies Office and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, aims to facilitate the development of next-generation, U.S.-manufactured small and mid-size wind turbine technology by awarding cost-shared contracts for system design optimization, advanced manufacturing, and turbine testing. The goals of the CIP are to make wind energy cost competitive with other distributed generation technologies and increase the number of wind turbine designs certified to international testing standards.

NREL is accepting applications under six topics areas:
Pre-Prototype System or Component Research and Development
Component Improvement and Overall System Optimization
Prototype Testing
Certification Testing (for turbines with rotor-swept area under 200 square meters)
Type Certification (for turbines with rotor-swept area between 200 and 1,000 square meters)
Manufacturing Process Upgrades.

Proposals are due March 28 by 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Previous CIP solicitations have resulted in numerous success stories, which are detailed in a new program fact sheet. The most recent success of CIP involves the first certification milestone achieved by an awardee in the turbine testing program. Learn more.