Ohio State, Iberdrola Renewables Begin Wind Research Collaboration

The Ohio State University and Iberdrola Renewables today signed an agreement to collaborate on research projects related to wind power production.


The Master Research Agreement stems from Ohio State’s purchase of wind energy capacity from Iberdrola Renewables’ Blue Creek Wind Farm in Paulding and Van Wert counties. The university started taking delivery of the wind energy, which represents about 25 percent of the entire Columbus campus’ electricity needs, Dec. 1.


Both Iberdrola Renewables and Ohio State have state-of-the-art facilities, resources, and personnel with the skills, experience and expertise necessary for successful research endeavors in the wind energy area.


“We applaud Iberdrola Renewables for making our relationship more than just a business transaction,” said Caroline Whitacre, Ohio State’s vice president for research. “In addition to the wind energy purchase, Iberdrola Renewables and Ohio State are partnering to advance wind energy research and education. This unprecedented collaboration provides Ohio State researchers with near-real-time access to operations data so they can work with Iberdrola Renewables to address challenges and progress in wind power production.”


“Partnering with a research university as reputable and cutting edge as Ohio State is a fantastic opportunity for us and the state of Ohio,” said Kevin Lynch, Iberdrola Renewables’ vice president of external affairs. “We are delivering clean, affordable power to their campus, while working with a world class institution to further wind energy technology and education.  It truly exemplifies the type of model partnership we strive for within each of the communities we serve.” 


Researchers at Ohio State conduct research in a broad range of wind energy areas, including:

•           Rotor blade design and optimization

•           Gear design

•           Ecological and environmental analysis

•           Turbine generators

•           Wind modeling

•           Wind energy markets

•           Policy and community concerns

•           Noise optimization


The research agreement creates a committee with representatives from Iberdrola Renewables and Ohio State to evaluate, approve and facilitate research projects and the responsibilities of each party as well as additional partners from industry or education who may join specific projects. It also provides the opportunity for Iberdrola Renewables and Ohio State to work together on publications, reports, patents, and inventions resulting from research projects and to protect their legal, commercial and intellectual property interests.


About The Ohio State University

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers, and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.


About Iberdrola Renewables

Iberdrola Renewables LLC is the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Iberdrola Renewables LLC is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and has nearly $10 billion of operating assets including more than 5,800 MW of wind generation.

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Media contacts:

Joan Slattery Wall, Ohio State Office of Energy and Environment, wall.107@osu.edu or

Beth Haas, Ohio State Office of Research, haas.23@osu.edu or 614-688-4725

Paul Copleman, Iberdrola Renewables, pcopleman@iberdrolaren.com or 215-416-9656