U.S. Department of Energy Issues Request for Information on Broadening the Scope of Energy R&D and Associated Facility Needs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center
Aug. 3, 2018
The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is a 305-acre site in Colorado that comprises field test sites, test laboratories, industrial high-bay work areas, machine shops, electronics and instrumentation laboratories, and office areas. While the NWTC’s initial focus was on wind energy, it has been used to demonstrate and test other energy technologies and is looking to further expand these large-scale field testing capabilities.
Given recent interest in utilization of the site for testing other technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is requesting public input on specific facility and infrastructure investments that would enable expanded energy research and development (R&D) at the site. Specific areas of interest include hydrogen fuel cells, advanced manufacturing, solar, grid integration and storage, marine hydrokinetic, hydropower, geothermal, and hybrid energy technologies.