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July 15, 2016
Penn State University Puts Collegiate Wind Competition-Winning Turbine on Display

The Pennsylvania State University took top honors at the Collegiate Wind Competition back in May, and this past week the winning team came to Washington, D.C., to display its prize-winning wind turbine at the Energy Department's headquarters.

July 5, 2016
Energy.gov Mini-Doc: Behind the Scenes at the Collegiate Wind Competition

Go behind the scenes at the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition as we follow students who will make a big difference in America's clean energy future.

May 27, 2016
Pennsylvania State University Wins the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition

U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition provides undergraduates real-world skills they need to enter tomorrow’s clean energy workforce.

May 20, 2016
5 Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition helps undergraduates learn the real-world skills they need to grow America's clean energy economy.

May 19, 2016
Competitors test their turbines in a wind tunnel at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2015, held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center just south of Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)
Counting Down to the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 starts May 24—less than a week away—at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Whether you’re coming from near or far, it’s time to plan your visit to check out the next generation of wind-industry professionals.

April 15, 2016
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National Bat Appreciation Day

April 17 is National Bat Appreciation Day. Bats are amazing and helpful creatures, which is why DOE is serious about finding ways to keep them safe.

April 11, 2016
Project team members from WFIP 2 meet at the Biglow Canyon Wind Farm, a data-collection site in Sherman County, Oregon. Photo courtesy: Justin Sharp/Vaisala
Testing the Wind in the Columbia River Gorge

Deep in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge in Washington and Oregon, an extensive data collection effort is underway. It’s all part of the Wind Forecasting Improvement Project in Complex Terrain’s (WFIP 2) effort to improve wind forecasts. From October 2015 through mid-2017, scientists will collect and analyze meteorological data in order to improve wind forecasts in regions of complex terrain, such as mountains, valleys, and river gorges. Our aim is to generate better forecasts that will help make wind power more reliable, efficient, and easier to integrate into the power grid.

March 28, 2016
DOE’s 1.5-MW wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center is being used to demonstrate that wind farms can provide the frequency-responsive back-up or “ancillary services” currently supplied to the electrical grid by conventional power plants. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
DOE Explores Potential of Wind Power to Stabilize Electric Grids

A team at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is exploring the capability of wind energy to stabilize the nation's electrical grid when conventional power plants shut down. A 1.5 megawatt wind turbine, connected to a cutting edge grid simulator, is being tested at the National Wind Technology Center.

March 24, 2016
NREL researchers are completing testing of a next-generation drivetrain, shown here undergoing rigorous tests at the National Wind Technology Center’s 2.5-megawatt dynamometer. NREL’s testing validates the technology prior to commercialization. Shown here are NREL senior engineer and project lead Jonathan Keller (left) and DOE technology manager Nick Johnson. Photo by Malone Media.
Innovative Drivetrain Testing for Wind Turbines Nears Completion

Wind turbines wouldn't do their job without a drivetrain--and EERE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a new system that promises greater efficiency at less cost.

March 16, 2016
Eagles are Making Wind Turbines Safer for Birds

National Labs and industry researchers are using eagles to develop technology to prevent bird collisions with wind turbines.

February 26, 2016
A Pika Energy wind turbine is the newest addition to the Department of Energy's headquarters lobby in Washington, D.C. | Photo by Mike Mueller, The Hannon Group
Wind Turbine Showcased in Energy Department Headquarters

The Energy Department supported wind turbine innovation with Pika Energy—developing a process that cut the cost of making a small turbine blade from $1,000 to $50—and now features one of the company's turbines in the lobby of the department's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

February 1, 2016
A view of the Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine that will 3D print molds used to manufacture wind turbine blades. Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Teaming Up to Apply Advanced Manufacturing Methods to Wind Turbine Production

Last spring, a 3D-printed replica Shelby Cobra, manufactured at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), visited the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters in Washington, DC.

December 22, 2015
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Year in Review: Celebrating Wind Energy and Water Power

Renewable energy from wind and water had a big year in 2015. As the year comes to a close, we celebrate the milestones of renewable electricity generation in wind and water power with a list of some of our largest accomplishments.

December 7, 2015
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Wind Measurement Buoy Advances Offshore Wind Energy

A next-generation buoy will provide unprecedented information on offshore wind patterns, making it possible to harness wind power in entirely new locations.

November 13, 2015
6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

How wind, solar, LEDs and electric vehicles are leading the way in America's clean energy revolution, visualized in six simple charts.

October 27, 2015
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Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife

The Biodiversity Research Institute's (BRI) new report on a three year research project gives offshore wind developers new information on environmental impacts, including migration patterns of birds and whales. This will help accelerate progress on responsible, sustainable implementation of offshore wind technologies.

October 1, 2015
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Energy Department Helps Manufacturers of Small and Mid-Size Wind Turbines Meet Certification Requirements

On October 1, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a fourth round of requests for proposals under the Energy Department’s Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) for distributed wind energy. The CIP aims to help U.S. manufacturers of small and mid-size wind turbines (with rotor-swept areas less than 1,000 square meters) to improve their turbine designs and manufacturing processes to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and eventually earn certification ensuring performance and safety.

August 17, 2015
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Thanks to Energy Department Funding, Safer Access to Offshore Wind Turbine Platforms is Demonstrated

DOE funding has helped improve worker safety on offshore wind turbines. Industry partners have created a new type of ladder designed to be safer, even in rougher seas, than existing boat-to-turbine crossings.

August 10, 2015
Quiz: Test Your Wind Energy IQ

How much do you know about wind energy? Test your knowledge with our wind power quiz!

August 10, 2015
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EERE 2014 Wind Technologies Market Report Finds Wind Power at Record Low Prices

2014 proved to be a strong year for the wind industry as the United States remained a global leader in wind energy.

August 10, 2015
Small-Scale Distributed Wind: Northern Power Systems 100 kW turbine at the top of Burke Mountain in East Burke, Vermont. | Photo courtesy of Northern Power Systems.
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power

Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.

August 10, 2015
Wind turbines are soaring to record sizes. The average rotor diameter of turbines installed in 2014 grew to 99.4 meters, up 108 percent since 1998-1999. | National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power

Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.

July 10, 2015
NREL Senior Engineer Palmer Carlin at the National Wind Technology Center, flanked by some of the massive turbines he says early wind technology pioneers only dreamed of seeing. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder
Meet a 91-Year-Old Wind Energy Pioneer

Palmer Carlin helped create the wind industry. Read his fascinating story, the latest in our #LabSpotlight series.

May 19, 2015
New map shows how taller wind turbines could help unlock wind's potential in all 50 states, especially in the southeastern U.S. | Map courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Unlocking Our Nation’s Wind Potential

Wind power is a growing source of low-cost, renewable energy in the U.S. A new report shows how next-generation wind turbine technology can unlock wind's potential.

May 4, 2015
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Boise State University Wins Collegiate Wind Competition 2015

In a field of seven collegiate teams, Boise State University of Idaho won top honors at the Energy Department's 2015 Collegiate Wind Competition for their innovative wind turbine design.