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Advanced Composite Materials for Tidal Turbine Blades

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Department of Energy
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2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026-3359
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Advanced Composite Materials for Tidal Turbine Blades
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85317
Award Amount: $99,812.00


The DOE is interested in the development of efficient tidal turbine systems to help meet the future energy needs of the United States. State-of-the-art tidal turbine systems feature composite tidal turbine blades. Unfortunately, composite materials possess questionable durability characteristics relevant to the marine environment (e.g., poor cavitation-erosion and impact-damage-resistance), which can adversely affect the blade and hence, tidal turbine reliability. To address the need for composite materials with improved durability, this project will explore the application of a proprietary family of composite materials to tidal turbine blades. In comparison to industry-standard marine composite materials, these materials possess higher cavitation-erosion and impact-damage resistance while also possessing consistent mechanical properties and processing characteristics. In Phase I, a preliminary composite tidal turbine blade design, incorporating the advanced material technology, will be developed and evaluated in comparison to state-of-the-art composite tidal turbine blades. During Phase II, full-scale prototype hardware will be manufactured and evaluated in a relevant environment. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Cost-effective, durable composite materials should enable the required performance and reliability for next-generation of tidal turbine blades. In addition, the resulting technology could be applied to other products in a similar marine environment, including ship propellers, and impellers for pumps and blades used in traditional hydroelectric systems

Principal Investigator:

Douglas Campbell

Business Contact:

Lori Pike
Small Business Information at Submission:

Composite Technology Development, Inc.
2600 Campus Drive Suite D Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 841086947
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No