Energy Department Announces Nearly $13 Million in Small Business Research and Development Funding

May 21, 2018

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced that DOE will award 219 grants totaling $34 million to 183 small businesses in 41 states. Funded through the U.S. Department of Energy's Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, the selections are for Phase I research and development. If completed successfully, Phase I projects are eligible for Phase II funding awards. The following wind energy projects received funding:

  • Development of a wind turbine blade surface coating to reduce damage due to lightning
  • A concrete additive manufacturing process for fixed and floating wind turbine foundations and towers
  • A novel medium-speed wind turbine generator
  • An unsteady surface pressure measurement system suitable for making measurements on wind turbine blades in the field.