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Sep 9, 2010

2 Texas Projects Get Federal Wind Research Funds

(DALLAS)  Two projects in Texas will share part of $43 million in federal grants for offshore wind energy improvements.

The Department of Energy on Thursday announced $900,000 in funding for programs in Austin and College Station, as part of 41 projects across 20 states.

The University of Texas is getting $500,000 to evaluate the potential effects of offshore wind energy facilities on electronic equipment, such as airborne radar and GPS operations.

The Texas Engineering Experiment Station in College Station will get $400,000 to build on existing computer models to simulate mooring dynamics of offshore wind turbines.

DOE says the funding, over five years, is meant to advance turbine design tools and hardware, plus improve information about offshore wind resources.