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Al Franken, federal energy official tour U of M wind station

Sen. Al Franken and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman are in Rosemount today touring the University of Minnesota’s wind energy research station.

The research station includes a 415-foot, 2.5-megawatt wind turbine and a 426-foot meteorological research tower and state-of-the-art wind instruments and sensors.

The University of Minnesota received a U.S. Department of Energy wind energy research grant in 2009; the $7.9 million award is for an academy-industry consortium focused on wind energy research and education activities, and includes construction of the 2.5-megawatt Clipper Liberty wind turbine.

Partners with the University on the project are:

  • Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power
  • Syracuse University
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
  • 3M
  • Barr Engineering
  • Clipper Windpower LLC.
  • United Technologies Research Center
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Micron Optics
  • Ryan Companies
  • WindLogics
  • Xcel Energy
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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