Research at the Wind Energy Center
Over the past two decades, on-shore wind energy technology has seen a ten-fold reduction in cost, and is now competitive with fossil and nuclear fuels for electric power generation in many areas of the United States. Wind energy installations in the United States have grown from about 1,800 MW in 1990 to over 35,000 MW by the close of 2009. In addition, a number of innovative offshore wind arrays will be constructed within the next decade.
This explosive growth is accompanied by a need for further technology development in critical areas such as grid penetration, reliability, cost, and performance. The University of Massachusetts Wind Energy Center is responding to the need for superior, cutting edge research solutions to these issues.
The Wind Energy Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has a long and distinguished record of research activities. Currently, the research expertise of the Center has both breadth and depth, with faculty members’ expertise spanning a wide range of technical areas relevant to wind energy.
The sections below provide a brief summary of the current research at the Wind Energy Center, and the associated faculty. More detailed information is available on request.