Building on our significant wind measurement and analysis capabilities, the
Center has established the Great Plains Wind Power Test Facility - a national
resource for the testing, characterization, and improvement of grid-connected
wind turbines and integrated wind-driven water desalination systems.
Main Research Efforts:
- Assessment of the risk and effects resulting from wind turbine exposure to
extreme and unusual events of the Great Plains – such as Low Level Jets, extreme
wind speed and direction shear, thunderstorm outflow and micro-bursts, and wind
- Analysis and testing of utility-scale wind turbines designed for use in
less-energetic wind regimes.
- Improvement of wind turbine design codes with emphasis on unusual and extreme
wind events of the Great Plains.
- Identification of advanced wind-driven water treatment and desalination
systems for municipal and other applications.
- Full-scale testing of wind-driven water desalination systems and their
- Development of modeling codes for integrated wind-water desalination systems
- Development of industry partnerships.
- The Great Plains Wind Power Test Facility is located on the Center’s 67 acre
field test site at Reese Technology Center 8 miles West of the main campus.
- Located on site is an integrated wind-water desalination controller
development platform with a 5 kW turbine and 1500 GPD reverse osmosis test unit.
- See Research Facilities
on this website for a list of instrumentation and