National Wind Energy Center, University of Houston,
This earmark request is for the 2010 fiscal year.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) requests $15,000,000 for:
University of Houston, Houston, TX
Funds will be used by the University of Houston and its government and industry partners to establish the national Wind Energy Center (NWEC) as the only organization in the world focusing on developing advanced offshore wind technology for cost-effective, renewable clean energy production. NWEC programs will include: Basic Research: Addressing science, engineering and innovation issues for new offshore wind energy technology; Large Wind Turbine Testing and Development:
Developing and conducting large-scale turbine testing to define critical R&D issues, and then using the results to advance offshore wind turbine reliability and design; Demonstration Program: Establishing technology suitability and proof of innovative concepts for field deployment; Regulatory Issues Program: Investigating scientific and engineering issues related to state and
federal permitting, certification and regulatory approval for wind energy installation, operation and safety; and Technology Transfer: Sharing and transferring the technologies developed at NWEC to U.S. and the Texas offshore wind energy industry.