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The Power of Wind

The Kansas Department of Commerce says, “Located in the heart of the nation’s Wind Corridor and ranked second in the nation for wind energy potential, Kansas has vast opportunity to expand wind generation. Workforce education opportunities and industrial and scientific expertise are growing rapidly.

“Located in the heart of the nation’s Wind Corridor and ranked second in the nation for wind energy potential, Kansas wind generation has been skyrocketing. Projections indicate that by 2030, the state’s power system could provide 7,000 megawatts for export from wind energy each year. Kansas is committed to the growth of this industry through the development of additional wind farms and a strong supply chain.

“Kansas is ideal for wind turbine manufacturing. Our central location and outstanding transportation infrastructure provide convenient and economical access to the regions with the greatest wind energy activity.”

With more than 3,000 active wind turbines, Kansans are helping to spearhead this transition toward tapping its clean, cheap, homegrown power.

The Kansas Department of Commerce also said, “Siemens Energy chose Kansas for a wind turbine production facility, citing transportation advantages, pro-business climate and new financial incentives for wind manufacturing projects. A Kansas location offers companies in the wind supply chain ideal access to the new Siemens nacelle plant and numerous other manufacturers in the region. In fact, at least six major wind turbine manufacturers have nacelle production plants within a 500-mile radius of Kansas.

“Kansas is also home to a rapidly developing industrial cluster of firms specializing in composites and polymers, offering expertise and resources in the field of advanced materials research and production.

“Research and development support is available through resources such as the renowned National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University, a recognized leader in the field of composites and advanced materials. Research on wind turbine blades has been conducted at NIAR using the institute’s Fatigue and Fracture Lab, as well as wind tunnels for aerodynamic testing. Specialized composites-related training programs are offered at area universities and technical colleges covering production processes such as hand lay-up, vacuum bag/autoclave, resin transfer molding, spray-up and bulk molding compounds.”