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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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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.
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.
August 23, 2017
A collection of wind turbines in a field
New Lab Report: How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half
New breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas.
August 9, 2017
Offshore wind turbine BARD 5.0 installed on a transitional substructure from BARD Engineering GmbH at the offshore wind farm BARD OFFSHORE 1 in the German Bight.
4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies
More than 20 U.S. offshore wind projects are underway as four significant trends emerge in this growing energy market.
January 9, 2017
Report Shows New Transmission Can Help Wind Energy Supply a Third of U.S. Electricity

The Energy Department today released a report which confirms that adding even limited electricity transmission can significantly reduce the costs...

October 24, 2016
Experiment Investigates Steering of Wind Farm Wakes for Improved Performance

To improve future wind plant performance and ultimately lower the cost of energy produced by wind, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories and...

October 24, 2016
Meteorological Ocean Data Available for Offshore Wind Energy Research and Design

Developed for use in offshore wind energy research and design, a database of meteorological ocean (m...

October 24, 2016
Sandia National Laboratories Work to Reduce Cost of Deep-Water Offshore Wind

Many U.S. coastal regions have both large population centers and strong offshore wind resources, making offshore wind energy an attractive solution...

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...

October 24, 2016
Demonstration Projects Feature Innovative Offshore Wind Technologies
From floating foundations to twisted jacket and Mono Bucket foundations, some of the nation’s most inventive offshore wind technologies are...
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...

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
FAST v8 Offers New Modeling and Analysis Features

Researchers at NREL recently released version 8.15 of FAST (FAST v8), an open-source, multiphysics engineering software tool used to design and...

May 11, 2016
Nation Leads Wind Energy Production and Innovation

This spring edition of the Wind Program Newsletter comes at the juncture of two important events for the wind industry: the 1-year anniversary of...

March 28, 2016
DOE’s 1.5-MW wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center is being used to demonstrate that wind farms can provide the frequency-responsive back-up or “ancillary services” currently supplied to the electrical grid by conventional power plants. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
DOE Explores Potential of Wind Power to Stabilize Electric Grids

A team at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory is exploring the capability of wind energy to stabilize the nation's electrical grid when...

March 24, 2016
NREL researchers are completing testing of a next-generation drivetrain, shown here undergoing rigorous tests at the National Wind Technology Center’s 2.5-megawatt dynamometer. NREL’s testing validates the technology prior to commercialization. Shown here are NREL senior engineer and project lead Jonathan Keller (left) and DOE technology manager Nick Johnson. Photo by Malone Media.
Innovative Drivetrain Testing for Wind Turbines Nears Completion

Wind turbines wouldn't do their job without a drivetrain--and EERE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a new system that promises...

November 13, 2015
Secretary Moniz Announces Clean Energy Technologies are Accelerating in the U.S. Marketplace According to New Revolution…Now Report
DOE released the 2015 Revolution…Now report, which details the state of several clean energy technologies in the U.S.
October 27, 2015
Articles about Next-Generation Technologies
Innovative Study Helps Offshore Wind Developers Protect Wildlife

The Biodiversity Research Institute's (BRI) new report on a three year research project gives offshore wind developers new information on...

September 29, 2015
New Report Shows Domestic Offshore Wind Industry Potential, 21 Projects Planned in U.S. Waters

The Energy Department today released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market—including the start of construction of...

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...