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Butte Supercomputing Company to Help Site Wind, Solar Farms
November 30, 2010, 9:52 PM
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Butte Supercomputing Company to Help Site Wind, Solar Farms

Great Falls Tribune
November 16, 2010

A new collaboration between the Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers in Butte and the global security firm, Northrop Grumman Partners, will boost wind and solar projects in Montana, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said.

The Maximizing and Optimizing Renewable Energy POWER initiative will leverage the RMSC on-demand supercomputing resources and Northrop Grumman’s unique site-selection tool to help identify the most efficient and productive networks of wind and solar farms for renewable energy projects.

“Max’s Economic Development Summit in Butte this past September helped make our MORE POWER partnership possible,” said Earl J. Dodd, executive director of Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers. “At the Summit we were able to bring the right people together, kick discussions into high gear and turn our ideas into real business opportunities.”

“I support any effort to bolster Montana’s position as a national leader in the renewable energy sector,” Baucus said. “This is a great example of teamwork to move us closer to our goal of creating good-paying jobs in Montana. It’s important to continue to draw upon our resources – like the Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers – to develop new opportunities in renewable energy.”

The MORE POWER initiative aims to lower the cost of operations by identifying an optimized network of wind farm locations and maximizing the ability to sell energy produced.

Northrop Grumman and RMSC are collaborating to provide MORE POWER services for the state of Montana to help establish governance guidelines for the state’s expansion of wind generation.

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