The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is aimed at building research capacity and increasing competitiveness for the state through investments in infrastructure and human capital. Through partnerships with Iowa’s three public universities, industry, private and community colleges, school districts, and government agencies, the program stimulates lasting research infrastructure improvements for the State of Iowa.
The state of Iowa is uniquely positioned to respond to the need for renewable energy and to take advantage of the opportunity in this growth industry. Iowa is at the heart of the nation’s wind resource and the gateway to renewable energy demand. The combination of supportive renewable energy policies, logistic and supply chain efficiencies, competitive business climate and heritage of manufacturing excellence has lead to an active and growing wind energy industry in Iowa.
The Wind Energy platform of Iowa NSF EPSCoR investigates technologies to improve the reliability of wind energy systems. The platform leader is P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost, Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa.