NPS Reports DOE Award for NW 100 Wind Turbine

June 07, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Northern Power Systems Inc. (NPS, Waitsfield, VT), a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp., has signed a $2 million cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE) to advance the development of the company's NorthWind® 100 (NW 100) wind turbine. The Northern team includes major subcontractor GE Energy, which will participate in the design effort through its Wind Energy segment, and the GE Global Research Center. The DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and its National Wind Technology Center will be providing technical assistance on the project.

The next-generation turbine will combine the latest in wind turbine component technologies, including new blade, generator and power electronics designs. Expected to run over a two-year period, the agreement brings together Northern and GE Energy. The Northern team will share 30% of the cost of the project, which is aimed at accelerating commercialization of next-generation wind turbine technology and capitalizing on Northern's position as an open-technology provider of power systems integration and engineering services.