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Field-Assembled Component-Based Rotor Blades

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
88209
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
08a
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
Wetzel Engineering, Inc.
1310 Wakarusa Drive Suite A Lawrence, KS 66049-3854
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Field-Assembled Component-Based Rotor Blades
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-13ER90498
Award Amount: $150,000.00
 

Abstract:

Wetzel Engineering, Inc., proposes research and development to engineer very large wind turbine rotor blades for land-based machines that avoid expensive and logistically challenging transportation requirements. The proposed solution combines two technologies: Sectional component-based assembly of large wind turbine rotor blades ( & gt;65m length) using design approaches adapted from aerospace composites manufacturing, Partial in-field manufacturing and final in-field assembly. This proposal responds to Topic 8a, specifically the request for proposals addressing . . . approaches to the assembly and installation of land-based wind turbines that overcome logistical and cost barriers . . . larger swept areas; and access to areas with higher class wind resource leading to an overall & gt;20% reduction in the cost of energy for land-based turbines. The objectives of the presently proposed applied research project are: Engineer and test the proposed technology for sectional component-based assembly of large wind turbine rotor blades ( & gt;65m length), Engineer and test the proposed technology for in-field manufacturing and assembly of large rotor blade sections, Develop commercially viable technology to aid land-based installations of wind turbines without limit on turbine size: Reduce the cost of energy & gt;20% by adopting this technology.

Principal Investigator:

Kyle Wetzel
Dr.
7858560162
ap1@wetzelengineering.com

Business Contact:

Kyle K. Wetzel
Dr.
7858560162
ap1@wetzelengineering.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Wetzel Engineering, Inc.
1310 Wakarusa Drive Suite A Lawrence, KS 66049-3854

EIN/Tax ID: 481249330
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No