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Tech breaks ground at new research facility

Three turbine graphic from Sandia National Laboratories Three turbine graphic from Sandia National Laboratories
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Texas Tech University, the Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, Vestas Wind Systems and Group NIRE held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for wind turbines at the new Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWIFT) Facility at the Reese Technology Center, 9801 Reese Blvd. 

Texas Tech, DOE, Sandia, Vestas, a leading wind turbine manufacturer, and Group NIRE formed a partnership in April to create the new wind research facility.

Sandia will deploy two V27 research turbines at the site, and Vestas will add its own V27 turbine. The three-turbine array will allow for collaborative research, and each turbine can be used separately for specific projects.

Tech officials say the facility could expand to ten turbines in the future.   

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