Wind Blade Test Facility Breaks Ground

Massachusetts officials welcomed the groundbreaking today of the Wind Technology Testing Center at the Boston Autoport in Charlestown. Funded through a $25 million stimulus grant from the Department of Energy, the center will be the first in North America with the ability to test blades for commercial wind turbines that are longer than 50 meters. “The clean energy sector continues to grow in Massachusetts, and this wind technology testing center will be a tremendous boost,” Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement. “Testing the next generation of wind turbines here will make Massachusetts a hub for the research and development of the fastest-growing energy source in the world.”

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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