Alstom Wind and the National Institute for Renewable Energy said testing has begun on the first Alstom wind turbine to be certified in North America.

Alstom Wind entered the North American wind power market in 2010 when it announced research partnerships with NIRE and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and said it would build a wind turbine assembly facility in Amarillo, Texas.

The certification of Alstom’s wind turbine, which will take place at the Reese Technology Center, a collaborator with Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, is expected to be concluded in Spring 2011.

Alstom Wind and NIRE’s collaborative efforts will initially focus on grid integration research and development. Texas Tech University co-founded NIRE with The Innovate Texas Foundation as an independent, non-profit, public-private collaboration to investigate and resolve key scientific and technology issues facing the U.S. wind power industry. Alstom was a founding member of NIRE. 

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