Engineers are hoping the lake effect from Lake Erie will help boost energy production.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $4 million to the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. of Cleveland, OH, to launch an offshore wind development effort on Lake Erie.
The initiative, called Project Icebreaker, is one of seven to a win a federal grant, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. After a year, the DOE could award three of the seven up to $47 million each.
“This is a great day for Northeast Ohio,” says LEEDCo CEO Lorry Wagner. “The grant puts us on a path for proving what we can do.”
According to the Plain Dealer, LEEDCo will install nine 3MW turbines on Lake Erie, seven miles off the coast of Cleveland. Case Western Reserve University, also located in Cleveland, will partner with the company in the project.
“The United States has tremendous untapped clean energy resources,” U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu says in a statement. “It is important for us to develop technologies that will allow us to utilize those resources in ways that are economically viable.
“[The] announcement of awards to the first offshore wind projects in the U.S. paves the way to a cleaner, more sustainable and more diverse domestic energy portfolio that develops every source of American energy,” he says.