In an effort to improve the efficiency of wind turbines, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has introduced a $30 million funding opportunity. This funding will cover the domestic manufacture of lightweight composite materials that will allow wind turbines to generate more power. The DOE is hoping this initiative will enhance 3D printing processes, including the prototyping, fabrication, and testing of wind blades. The department also wants additive manufacturing processes to be used on non-blade components that are printed using polymers, metals, or ceramics.
In a recent quote, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said, “The wind sector has proven to be a reliable source of clean power for homes and businesses in a variety of geographic areas. Investing in next-generation materials that will lower the financial barriers to widespread deployment supports President Biden’s domestic manufacturing and clean energy goals.”