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Federal Energy Department Awards $1.5 Million to UNL

In September, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $4.5 million for four projects to help increase deployment of innovative wind power technologies by optimizing the operation, boosting efficiency, and improving the environmental performance of wind energy systems. The research and development projects, located in Maine, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas, contribute to the Energy Department's effort to advance innovative technologies that reduce carbon emissions and support the goal to double renewable energy again by 2020.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will receive $1.5 million to develop an online health monitoring system that uses the electric current signals produced by a turbine's generator in order to track the generator's performance and help determine when it needs to be repaired. This technology could reduce operating costs by decreasing unscheduled downtime due to unplanned maintenance.

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