Alstom entered the North American market with Group NIRE through the deployment of the ECO-86 wind turbine prototype at Group NIRE's field site in Lubbock, Texas.
"The Alstom project is a great example of how Group NIRE uniquely brings commercial interests together with the best in academic research to advance renewable energy technologies for the greater good," said Russell Thomasson, Board Chairman of GLEAMM (formerly the National Institute of Renewable Energy), one of Group NIRE's shareholders.
Alstom Wind is a part of Alstom Power, which is a global clean technology leader with projects and other investments in North America. Their projects are in wind, solar, nuclear, hydro, tidal and carbon capture and sequestration technologies. Alstom Wind is known as a global leader within the industry specifically in power generation and their efforts toward being environmentally friendly. Alstom Wind is also responsible for the majority of the Spanish wind power market, which is considered the second largest in Europe.
Group NIRE was selected in 2010 by Alstom to deploy their prototype at the beginning of 2011. After starting the testing and the certification process, Group NIRE was able to finish certifying the prototype within four short months to meet Alstom's certification deadline.
This project has increased research dollars for Texas Tech University with Group NIRE's successful management.