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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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May 9, 2018
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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

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
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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
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.

May 18, 2015
SNL Researchers Assess Wind Turbine Blade Inspection and Repair Methods

Flaws in wind turbine blades emanating from the manufacturing process are an important factor in blade reliability. To reduce uncertainty in the...

May 18, 2015
National Rotor Testbed Targets Future Wind Plant Research Needs

DOE’s Atmosphere to Electrons initiative has identified the evolution of wakes in turbulent inflow as a key physical process affecting power...

May 18, 2015
NREL Readies New Wind Turbine Drivetrain for Commercialization

NREL completed the assembly and began testing a new drivetrain design that can increase reliability, improve efficiency, and reduce the cost of...

May 18, 2015
DOE Taking Wind Forecasting to New Heights

A DOE study demonstrates that wind power forecasts can be improved substantially using data collected from tall towers, remote sensors, and other...

May 18, 2015
Wind Career Map Connects Skill Sets with Jobs

To meet the wind deployment goals described in DOE’s new Wind Vision Report, the United States will require an expanded and highly qualified...

March 25, 2015
Research and Development Needs for Wind Systems Utilizing Controllable Grid Simulators and Full Scale Hardware in the Loop Testing

The Energy Department’s Wind Program is seeking feedback from the wind industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other...

March 16, 2015
New Funding Opportunity to Develop Larger Wind Turbine Blades

The Energy Department today announced $1.8 million in funding for the development of larger wind turbine blades that will help capture more power...

March 12, 2015
Wind Energy Supporting 600,000 Jobs by 2050

The Energy Department’s Wind Vision Report analyzes a robust wind energy future and quantifies the environmental, social, economic benefits from...