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Below are stories about manufacturing featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.

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January 5, 2021
Daytime photo of a wind farm with a man standing in the foreground and a hawk perched on this hand.
Happy New Year!
As we usher in 2021, we’d like to share some of 2020's top wind energy R&D achievements.
August 31, 2020
Electric Motor Produced Entirely by Additive Manufacturing.
New Study Reviews Additive Manufacturing of Soft Magnets for Wind Turbines
This study highlights the current status of additive manufacturing of magnetic components, such as rotors and stators, for large electrical machines.
June 1, 2020
wind turbines in a field.
Innovative Carbon Fiber Materials Enable Longer Blades, Greater Energy Capture than Traditional Fiberglass
Study blows a hole in the theory that wind turbine manufacturers have avoided carbon fiber materials because of their high cost.
May 28, 2020
Photo of a large wind farm
DOE Announces $67 Million To Enhance Manufacturing Competitiveness Through Innovation
DOE funding opportunity includes integrated additive manufacturing processes for wind turbine blade production.
January 30, 2020
During construction, workers climb out on top of a tall wind turbine and guide 19-ton turbine blades into place.
DOE Announces Funding for Tall Wind Tower Demonstration
DOE announces $5 million in funding for GE Renewables tall wind tower demonstration.
December 19, 2019
grand challenge wind December
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
September 30, 2019
robot-deployed autonomous inspection system against the sun and a blue sky.
Happy New (Fiscal) Year!
As we embark on a new fiscal year, we’d like to share some of our key accomplishments from Fiscal Year 2019.
May 20, 2019
Four separate columns depicting blade manufacturing, design, and transport pathways; percent impact on wind project levelized costs from blades alone; commercial readiness; and geographic breadth.
Study Assesses How To Break Barriers To Supersized Wind Turbine Blades
Design, manufacturing, and transportation option assessments show how “supersized” blades could increase energy, affordability, and site viability.
May 9, 2018
Photo of a wind turbine.
Request for Information on Pathways to Success for Next-Generation Supersized Wind Turbine Blades
WETO is seeking public input regarding the manufacturing and deployment of larger next-generation blades for land-based wind turbines.
May 8, 2018
A large dynomometer in a factory.
Clemson University To Test Next-Generation Wind Drivetrain
MHI Vestas announced a 5-year investment with Clemson University to test its new 9.5-megawatt gearbox at Clemson's SCE&G Energy Innovation Center.
October 17, 2017
Offshore wind foundations await loadout.
A Renewable Future for the Oil and Gas Industry
As oil and gas companies look to unconventional energy markets, right now is an ideal time for oil and gas companies to engage in with offshore wind.
October 17, 2017
Close-up image of two wind turbine blades.
Energy Department Awards 6 New Distributed Wind Component Development and Testing Projects
DOE announced six new contracts totaling $1.49 million under the Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project.
March 14, 2017
Milestones on the Road to the Wind Vision
Milestones on the Road to the Wind Vision

The Department of Energy’s Wind Vision report assesses the potential economic and social benefits of a study scenario where U.S. wind power...

October 24, 2016
Survey Reveals Projections for Lower Wind Energy Costs

According to a survey of 163 of the world’s foremost wind power experts, continued advancements in wind energy technology are anticipated to reduce...

September 13, 2016
Virtual Wind Simulator Will Help Optimize Offshore Energy Production

An advanced modeling tool funded by the Energy Department is now available to help offshore wind plant developers, wind turbine original equipment...

August 17, 2016
Photo by Patsy McEnroe Photography.
Energy Department Reports Show Strong Growth of U.S. Wind Power

Continued low wind energy prices highlighted in annual state-of-the-industry market reports

May 19, 2016
Wind Turbine Manufacturing Transforms with Three-Dimensional Printing
Wind Turbine Manufacturing Transforms with Three-Dimensional Printing
From medical devices to airplane components, three-dimensional (3-D) printing is transforming the manufacturing industry.
May 11, 2016
Energy Department Helps Manufacturers of Small and Mid-Size Wind Turbines Meet Certification Requirements
NREL has awarded four subcontracts to manufacturers of small and mid-size wind turbines to improve their turbine design and manufacturing processes...
May 11, 2016
Researchers Achieve Breakthrough in Solving Leading Cause of Gearbox Failures

Accomplishing a significant milestone, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have successfully replicated...

September 17, 2015
Statistics Show Bearing Problems Cause the Majority of Wind Turbine Gearbox Failures
In the past, the wind energy industry has been relatively conservative in terms of data sharing, especially with the general public, which has...
September 16, 2015
Pika Energy Develops Innovative Manufacturing Process and Lowers Production Cost Under DOE Competitiveness Improvement Project

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently awarded Pika Energy of Westbrook, Maine, with a third...

September 16, 2015
Sandia National Laboratories’ Structural Health Monitoring and Prognostics Management System Reduces Offshore Wind O&M Costs

Offshore wind energy could potentially play a significant role in helping the United States obtain an energy portfolio composed of clean, renewable...

September 16, 2015
DOE Report Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in All 50 States
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published a report showing how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy...
September 15, 2015
Energy Department Awards $1.8 Million to Develop Wind Turbine Blades to Access Better Wind Resources and Reduce Costs

The Energy Department today announced the selection of two organizations to develop larger wind turbine blades that can take advantage of better...

May 19, 2015
Energy Department Releases Report, Evaluates Potential for Wind Power in All 50 States

New report shows how the United States can unlock the vast potential for wind energy deployment through next-generation turbines.