Progress is being made in the preparation of the DOE/SNL SWiFT facility, a new research project for TTU with collaborative partners from the Department of Energy (DOE), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Vestas, and Group NIRE. The project began in July 2012. The facility will be commissioned in summer 2013.
The wind research facility, located at Reese Technology Center, will allow partners to investigate turbine-to-turbine interactions and innovative rotor technologies. Other areas of research include aero-acoustics and structural health monitoring of turbines using embedded sensor systems.
The site will initially include two V27 research turbines deployed by Sandia and a third V27 turbine belonging to Vestas, a leading wind turbine manufacturer.
Partially assembled V27 research turbine at the DOE/SNL SWiFT facility. Click image to enlarge.