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Below are stories about next-generation technologies featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.

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November 8, 2019
wind turbines against a blue sky.
Sandia Patents Blade Design that Reduces Wakes Effects
SNL has developed a wind turbine blade design that would allow turbines to be installed closer to one another, due to a faster dissipating wake.
October 21, 2019
Photo of 4 wind turbines on orange platforms in the middle of ocean.
National Consortium Poised To Make a Splash
With a host of new partners and an open call for research proposals, the $41-million National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium is ready to make a splash.
October 21, 2019
Photo of a wind turbine on a yellow floating platform in the ocean.
SpiderFLOAT Innovation Puts a New Spin on Offshore Wind
A new scalable offshore floating wind system provides novel solutions to cut costs and overcome challenges of deepwater offshore environments.
October 21, 2019
Worker hanging from cable between wind turbine rotor and tower with blue sky behind him.
Bigger Equals Better When It Comes to Wind Energy Potential
Researchers are analyzing alternative blade concepts that could almost double the size of today’s blades.
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.
August 12, 2019
View of a wind turbine from below against a blue sky.
Top Trends in Wind Technology
Learn more about this year's most notable trends in the land-based wind market.
July 3, 2019
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Advanced Wind Turbine Drivetrain Trends and Opportunities
High-Efficiency Lightweight Generators Needed for Supersized Turbines on Land and Offshore
July 3, 2019
DOE Selects Advanced Wind Turbine Generator Projects
DOE Selects Advanced Wind Turbine Generator Projects
Awards of $8 million will help researchers develop lightweight, efficient turbine drivetrain systems for tall wind and offshore applications.
May 20, 2019
Lidar equipment in the foreground with three wind turbines in the background.
Wake Steering Performance Evaluated at Scale
Wake steering field trials reveal potential for wind-plant-level control to increase annual energy production 1%–2% and profits by $1 million.
May 20, 2019
Large wind turbine blades and a man climbing one of the blades, with a rope dangling from beneath him.
Wind Energy Grows Up
An NREL study explores opportunities for increasing wind turbine hub height and the conditions and locations where these towers have the most impact.
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.
February 19, 2019
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How Much Can Wind Plant Operators Save? WISDEM Counts the Ways
This small-scale field research project paves the way for a more comprehensive wind plant field validation effort.
November 14, 2018
DOE Announces Funding for Advanced Wind Turbine Generator R&D
The FOA invited proposals to develop a lightweight, more efficient wind turbine drivetrain system that minimizes the use of rare earth magnets.
October 12, 2018
Illustration showing the differences between HAWT and VAWT turbines.
Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Could Reduce Offshore Wind Energy Costs
A new study by Sandia National Laboratories looks at the feasibility for deep-water offshore installations of a less-common wind turbine design.
August 23, 2018
wind turbines against blue sky
Top 4 Trends in the U.S. Wind Market
Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017.
May 8, 2018
Photo of a wind turbine with crane propped up against it.
On-Site Research to Determine Causes of Premature Drivetrain Gearbox Failure
Although wind energy costs have declined, premature drivetrain failure still can lead to higher-than-expected turbine operation and maintenance costs.
May 8, 2018
Photo of a small wind turbine.
Competitiveness Improvement Project Hits First Certification Milestone
Primus Wind Power achieved certification in February 2018 of its Primus Air40 wind turbine model.
May 8, 2018
The Scaled Wind Farm Technology facility at Sandia National Labs.
Groundbreaking Experiment Steers Wake Away from Downwind Turbine
An experiment successfully demonstrated that the wake from an upwind turbine can be steered away from a downwind turbine by yawing the upwind turbine.
April 19, 2018
Screenshot from the USWTDB.
U.S. Department of Energy and Geological Survey Release Online Public Dataset and Viewer of U.S. Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics
The USGS and DOE released the United States Wind Turbine Database and Viewer to access this new public dataset.
February 28, 2018
A Primus Air40 wind turbine in a field.
Energy Department's Competitiveness Improvement Project Hits First Certification Milestone; Opens Next Round of Applications
The latest request for proposals under the Competitiveness Improvement Project for distributed wind energy was released.
January 23, 2018
Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Offshore wind turbines on the Atlantic coast (as well as the Gulf Mexico) have several challenges to contend with—including hurricanes.
December 19, 2017
While the first blog in this series focused on the floating foundations needed for U.S. offshore wind development in deep waters, this blog examines innovations in fixed-bottom foundations.
U.S. Conditions Drive Innovation in Offshore Wind Foundations
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the U.S. than in other countries.
December 11, 2017
Offshore wind floating substructure designs: spar buoy (left), semisubmersible (middle), and tension-leg platform (right).
Floating Wind Power is Becoming a Reality
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the United States than in other countries.
October 18, 2017
A semisubmersible offshore wind turbine in a research tank.
NREL Paves the Way for Floating Offshore Wind Semisubmersible Model Validation
NREL researchers have been leading an international effort to validate offshore wind models.
October 17, 2017
A comparison of spar-buoy, semisubmersible, and tension leg turbine platforms
Offshore Floating Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Project Identifies Promising Platform Design
A new floating, vertical-axis wind turbine platform design may enable offshore wind developers to access the vast U.S. offshore wind resources.