The state’s Congressional delegation announced the award of $2,970,353 from the U.S. Department of Energy to the University of Delaware.
Made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this funding will support research and development to innovate manufacturing processes for wind and water technologies.
“Wind energy is critical in our transition to an economy that runs on American-made clean energy,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the University of Delaware will be able to explore better ways to develop and manufacture blades for wind turbines, helping keep the First State at the forefront of clean energy manufacturing and innovation.”
“I am proud to see CCM continue its success in enabling TuFF technology for a wide range of applications that now includes wind blade manufacturing,” said Levi Thompson, dean of UD’s College of Engineering. “The latest award shows how an interdisciplinary public-private partnership can create benefits for the economy and expand the impact of University of Delaware’s research into creating a cleaner, safer environment.””
DOE’s funding announcement for the University of Delaware is part of $72 million in total funding to innovate manufacturing processes for wind and water technologies and accelerate the equitable and sustainable deployment of offshore and land-based wind energy. The University of Delaware will use this funding for initiatives centered around state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, materials research, and sustainable practices tailored for the development and production of large wind blades.