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Alstom and several US-based research institutions have been awarded a US$ 4.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to research and develop advanced control systems and integrated innovative sensors that increase energy production and lower the capital cost of offshore wind turbines, especially those based on advanced floating substructures.

The Alstom research project will be conducted in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Lab National Wind Technology Center (NREL NWTC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laboratory for Ships and Platforms Flow (MIT LSPF), and Texas Tech University Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (TTU -WISE). The research will be focused on development and integration of new paradigms in offshore wind turbine control strategies and the integration of innovative technologies in an advanced floating foundation. As such, it will support the development of an optimised, robust and reliable offshore system for a 6MW class wind turbine tailored to the specifics conditions of the United States deep waters. The project includes an intensive validation at Alstom’s existing ECO 86 - 1.67MW and ECO 100 - 3MW units in the US as well as of the first units of the Haliade 150 - 6 MW offshore wind turbine to be installed in 2011 and 2012 in Europe.
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