Hoeven Announces More Than $500,000 Grant for NDSU to Develop Improvements For Wind Farm Power Grids, Educate K-12 Students

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Electrical, Community and Cyber Systems (ECCS) has awarded $502,810 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will be used to help NDSU engineering students research and develop plans to better incorporate wind farm power into America’s grid systems and conduct two Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workshops in the West Fargo School district and an annual summer camp at NDSU.

“NDSU’s research capacities are world-class, which is why the university is on the forefront of developing new technologies as well as demonstrating their value,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grant will be used to hold two STEM workshops for K-12 students in the West Fargo area about power and energy systems as well as conduct a summer camp at NDSU. The funds will also be used by NDSU’s engineering students to research how we can better integrate renewable wind energy into our grid.”

The grant will help engineers make wind power transmission more reliable and stable by finding better ways to integrate it into the power grid.