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WindLogics to Collaborate on Wind Farm Siting and Optimization Research

December 17, 2009

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ — WindLogics today announced its participation in a University of Minnesota-led consortium selected by the Department of Energy to study and improve wind turbine performance and reliability. The company will work with University researchers to develop and validate an advanced computational framework for high-resolution simulations of wind turbulence and its effect on wind turbine performance.

“Understanding the effects of severe weather and wake turbulence is critical for optimizing turbine performance and power generation,” said Mark Ahlstrom, WindLogics CEO. “We’re looking forward to working with the University, as well as the other investigators and partners, to help the industry advance its knowledge of these complex phenomena and drive improvement of fleet performance.”

The program includes the installation of a new Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbine at the University of Minnesota Outreach Research and Education (UMore) Park in Rosemount, Minnesota. These new research efforts at UMore Park will complement other wake effect research currently underway by the University, WindLogics and other partners at an operating wind farm.

The consortium, convened by the University’s Institute on the Environment (http://environment.umn.edu/index.html), is expected to receive funding of up to $8 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding through the Department of Energy (http://www.energy.gov/news2009/8135.htm). The program’s proposed agenda includes 11 research areas, as well as an educational component. Industrial partners, in addition to WindLogics, include Barr Engineering, Eaton Corporation, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Luna Innovations, Siemens Energy, and 3M. Additional academic partners include Syracuse University and Dakota County Technical College.

WindLogics is an industry-leading provider of wind and solar resource analysis, project due diligence, applied meteorology, and weather modeling for renewable energy developers, electric utilities and power traders. Founded in 1988 and headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. For more information on the company and its services, visit www.windlogics.com.

Read the University of Minnesota press release (http://environment.umn.edu/news_events/press_releases/pressrelease_ireewindenergy.html).

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