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

June 23, 2022

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New Study Explores 3D Printing of Permanent Magnets for Wind Turbines

DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory published a study that highlights the additive manufacturing (3D printing) of permanent magnets for large electrical machines. Additive manufacturing could be an attractive method for manufacturing permanent magnets.

May 31, 2022

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Experts Forecast the Wind Plant of the Future to Be Taller and More Economical

Researchers from NREL predict that by 2035, wind plant designs will embrace towers even taller than previously thought.

May 31, 2022

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WETO Awards Nearly $1.4 Million to Support American Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy, and the SBIR and STTR programs have helped thousands of American small businesses.

May 11, 2022

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Companies Reach Innovative New Heights to Expand Wind Technology

Unique problems call for unique solutions which is exactly why companies from the wind technology industry are developing taller wind turbine towers at lower prices.

February 28, 2022

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Two Wind Energy Productivity Software Programs Upgraded

The Numerical Manufacturing and Design tool and FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State version 3.0 have received important upgrades.

February 28, 2022

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Technology, Not Windier Weather, Enabled Last Decade’s Growth in Wind Plant Output

Over the past decade, the wind fleet’s average capacity factor has increased substantially. Researchers have been debating how much of the improvement should be credited to technology versus increasing wind speeds.

February 2, 2022

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Study Assesses Additive Manufacturing of Critical Rare-Earth-Free Magnets for Electrical Machines

DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory have published a study as part of the MADE3D initiative, highlighting 3D printing of magnetic components for large electrical machines like wind turbines.

January 12, 2022

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National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium Announces New Projects Selected for Funding

The National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium has announced six new projects to support supply chain efficiency, asset monitoring, and inspection.

January 11, 2022

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Report Details Project to Enable Large Wind Turbine Blades

WETO has released phase I findings for its Big Adaptive Rotor project, studying large blades for low-specific-power wind turbines.

December 13, 2021

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New Report Discusses Opportunities and Challenges for Airborne Wind Energy

This report assesses the potential for, and technical viability of, airborne wind energy (AWE) in the US. Findings include data on the resource potential of wind energy available to AWE systems and what’s needed for AWE to deploy at meaningful scales.