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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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October 13, 2020
The Pink Supermoon rises near the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Flatirons Campus wind turbine.
Wind Turbines with Large Rotors and Tall Towers Provide Double Dividends
Supersized turbines could reduce costs, enhance value of wind energy—and more.
October 13, 2020
NREL researchers replacing an existing gearbox with a fully instrumented Winergy gearbox and SKF main bearing in the DOE-owned GE 1.5-megawatt wind turbine at NREL’s Flatirons Campus.
Zeroing In on the No. 1 Cause of Wind Turbine Gearbox Failures
A deeper understanding of bearing axial cracking enables reliability assessments for individual turbines.
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.
August 10, 2020
Wind turbine in the water at sunset surrounded by a light from a tool that measures offshore wind performance.
Celebrating American Wind Week: WETO Shows Wind Is the Answer
As we celebrate American Wind Week, let’s look at some of WETO’s most exciting wind energy research this year.
June 18, 2020
Two wind turbines in a field.
DOE Announces 2020 Technology Commercialization Fund Selections
DOE announced selections of more than $33 million in funding for 82 projects supported by the Technology Commercialization Fund.
June 1, 2020
New flight tracking system capable of measuring how various bat species behave in the presence of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents.
Which Bats Steer Clear of Wind Turbine Deterrents—and When?
Flight-path monitoring aims to determine the effectiveness of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents.
June 1, 2020
Crawling robots and drones with infrared cameras against a blue sky and sun.
Robotic Systems Improve Blade Reliability
Sandia National Laboratories’ ARROW(e) system brings automated, high-tech wind blade inspections to the field.
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
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Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
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.