Ohio Wind Energy Research and Commercialization (WERC) Center

The Ohio Wind Energy Research and Commercialization (WERC) Center is comprised of three wind turbines, part of a $3 million Ohio Department of Development Third Frontier Wright Project.

  • The smallest, a Northwind 100, generates 100-kilowatts (kW), stands 156-feet tall (to the top of an upright blade), and is located on the CWRU campus
  • The other two turbines are located off campus in an industrial area in Euclid, OH, just south of Interstate 90
    • Vestas V-27, having a generating capacity of 225-kilowatts, stands 143 feet high to the top of its upright blade
    • A utility scale Nordex N-54, having a generating capacity of 1 megawatts (1,000 kilowatts), reaches 318 feet into the sky  
  • All are part of the WERC Center's efforts to combine CWRU engineering expertise with funded facilities to provide platforms for the development of wind power supply chain products and long-term educational and training opportunities
  • Besides research missions, each turbine provides energy to nearby buildings.  You can see the Northwind 100 in current operation on the CWRU campus by clicking here.

Industrial Partners

In addition to a Third Frontier Wright Project award from the Ohio Department of Development, the Ohio-WERC Center also received generous support from the following inaugural partners:

  • Cleveland Electric Laboratories
  • The Lubrizol Corporation
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Azure Energy LLC.
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Swiger Coil Systems LLC.
  • William Sopko & Sons Co.  

Our newest Industrial Partners are:

  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Northern Power Systems

For More Information Contact:

  • Professor David Matthiesen, Director of the Ohio-WERC Center, by email or by phone at 216-368-1366
  • John Yingling, Project Manager, by email or by phone at 216-368-6848

Watch the Wind Turbine Time Lapse Installation at CWRU by clicking here.

More WERC Center information here.