R.I. company gets DOE grant for turbine technology

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Rhode Island company has been awarded a $3.5 million federal grant for its work to improve the aerodynamic performance of wind turbines.

Sen. Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, said the Department of Energy awarded funding to East Greenwich-based Aquanis Inc.

Reed said Aquanis is developing advanced plasma actuators and controls to reduce aerodynamic loads on turbine blades. He said that will encourage the next generation of larger, smarter turbines.

The grant came from a DOE program specializing in high-performance energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. Nationwide, 40 projects received $98 million in this round of funding.

Aquanis founder and CEO Neal Fine said his company is committed to helping improve turbine technology to reduce the cost of wind energy.