University of Minnesota
UMore Park

UMore Park: University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education Park

Wind Energy Research and Education

The University of Minnesota was one of three U.S. institutions to receive a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wind energy research grant. The funding supported EOLOS, a University-led wind energy research consortium team, in research and education activities to support the DOE goal to increase the wind power contribution to the U.S. electricity supply from approximately 2% to 20% by 2030. The project included the siting of the 2.5 MW turbine on the eastern edge of the UMore Park property for research, testing and field-scale demonstration of cutting-edge turbine technologies to reduce the cost of wind energy through increased reliability, more durable component parts and more efficient operations. The project also produced web-based educational curriculum for undergraduate and graduate instruction as well as training for practicing engineers. Consortium partners include the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Syracuse University, Dakota County Technical College, Clipper Windpower, Barr Engineering, Lockheed Martin, 3M and WindLogics. The U’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) provided significant early-stage research funding to support consortium collaborations. Construction of the wind turbine was completed in October 2011 with a commissioning ceremony.
Primary Investigator: Fotis Sotiropoulos, James L. Record Professor and Director, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, College of Science and Engineering