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Boise State Receives Federal Grant For Wind Energy Research

Boise State will partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Idaho Department of Water Resources and other agencies on the Wind Energy Research Laboratory.

Boise State University has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund wind energy research in Idaho.

Researchers hope to design special equipment that will capture slower winds.

"The goal is to develop new technologies to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel while also contributing to the development of a local wind energy economic cluster," said John Gardner, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Gardner, who will also head the new program, said Senator Larry Craig was instrumental in securing this grant.

"We appreciate the Senator's leadership as well as the support of the rest of our congressional delegation for this important research," said Gardner.

Craig said he was excited about the many opportunities this grant will provide for the whole country.

"The benefits include increased energy independence and homeland security, economic development and cutting edge research and education in southwest Idaho," said Craig.

Boise State will partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Idaho Department of Water Resources and other agencies on the Wind Energy Research Laboratory. The University hopes this research will help boost... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  
Boise State University has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund wind energy research in Idaho.

Researchers hope to design special equipment that will capture slower winds.

"The goal is to develop new technologies to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel while also contributing to the development of a local wind energy economic cluster," said John Gardner, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Gardner, who will also head the new program, said Senator Larry Craig was instrumental in securing this grant.

"We appreciate the Senator's leadership as well as the support of the rest of our congressional delegation for this important research," said Gardner.

Craig said he was excited about the many opportunities this grant will provide for the whole country.

"The benefits include increased energy independence and homeland security, economic development and cutting edge research and education in southwest Idaho," said Craig.

Boise State will partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Idaho National Laboratory, the Idaho Department of Water Resources and other agencies on the Wind Energy Research Laboratory. The University hopes this research will help boost economic development in the area and make it the prime location for wind energy research. This grant money will be used to fund post-doctoral research positions and allow for graduate student fellowships.

The American Wind Energy Association has ranked Idaho 13th in the nation for its wind energy potential.

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DEC 5 2005
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