CWRU wind turbines help research wind power

6:49 PM, Apr 4, 2012   |    comments
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Case Western Reserve University has built three new laboratories but they're not where you may expect to find them.

In partnership with local manufacturers, CWRU is researching wind power while helping Cleveland area businesses.

WKYC Photojournalist Mike Greene brings you the story.

The three "laboratories" are wind turbines, two located in Euclid, and the third on the CWRU campus.

They are three different sizes and the research done by CWRU on the turbines will be available to non-profit and for-profit companies.

They have nine local business partners.

By having three different size wind turbines, they help companies "right-size" their products, as well as being able to scale-out their own research projects.

Some companies, like William Sopko and Stamco, hope to manufacture products for the wind turbine and demonstrate them in research instuments.

Sopko is fully powered by the operational turbine on site and Stamco will be powered by the largest of the three by June. The 1 megawatt turbine is expected to create excess power, which will go back to the grid, and provide maintenance money for the project.

The primary purpose was not to get power. The primary purpose was to have an education research facility so the university can do studies for people, people with new products, with new ideas, anything to make wind power more affordable.


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