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January 15, 2021
The Energy Department supports development of methodologies and evaluation of offshore wind impacts on wildlife in U.S. Atlantic waters.
Energy Department and Federal Partners Announce up to $14.5 Million for Offshore Wind Environmental Research
Environmental research supports increasing understanding of offshore wind and evaluating impacts on wildlife in U.S. Atlantic waters.
January 5, 2021
Daytime photo of a wind farm with a man standing in the foreground and a hawk perched on this hand.
Happy New Year!
As we usher in 2021, we’d like to share some of 2020's top wind energy R&D achievements.
December 18, 2020
Clouds and sunset outline wind turbines on the horizon.
Multi-Year Program Plan for Wind Energy Research Released
The plan outlines the Office’s research priorities and plans through the year 2025.
December 17, 2020
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Energy Department Announces New Projects for Offshore Wind Energy Technology Demonstration and Resource Characterization
Innovative projects support improving the ability to forecast wind power; demonstrating energy production technologies to reduce cost of offshore wind
December 14, 2020
Photo of power lines, solar panels, a factory smokestack, and a wind turbine.
EERE Announces FY 2021 Phase I Release 2 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I Funding Opport...
Eligible small business can apply to receive up to $200,000 to test their innovative ideas over 12 months.
November 30, 2020
A boat sails near the Siemens' 3.6 MW Offshore Wind Turbine
U.S. Departments of the Interior and Energy Launch New Collaboration for Improved Safety and Environmental Stewardship in Offshore Energy...
DOI Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and DOE have issued a FOA for up to $40 million for the OESI 2.0 to support various improvements.
November 23, 2020
Request for Information on Offshore Wind Transmission System Integration Research Needs
Request for Information on Offshore Wind Transmission System Integration Research Needs
This RFI is intended to inform WETO’s strategic planning on research aimed at lowering the cost of integrating offshore wind power into the grid.
November 16, 2020
DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office
EERE Announces New FY21 Topics for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer
EERE’s FY 2021 topics include a commercialization opportunity for a wind turbine blade design developed by Sandia National Laboratories.
October 13, 2020
Image showing the flow structure around an NREL 5-megawatt wind turbine rotor generated by the ExaWind Nalu-Wind high-performance computational code.
ExaWind Supercharges Wind Power Plant Simulations on Land and at Sea
Suite of open-source, HPC-powered physics codes allows engineers to do everything but collect their mail inside a virtual wind power plant.
October 13, 2020
Heavy seas engulf the Block Island Wind Farm.
NREL’s Techno-Economic Models Spotlight the Emerging Offshore Wind Opportunity
New open-source tool helps stakeholders assess U.S. offshore wind power plant balance-of-system costs.
October 13, 2020
ThermalTracker-3D tracks an unmanned aerial system (visible top, center) during testing at the NREL Flatirons Campus.
ThermalTracker-3D Takes Flight
Testing validates system accuracy, provides comprehensive picture of bird and bat activity.
August 10, 2020
Rendering of the VolturnUS floating concrete hull.
New England Aqua Ventus Offshore Wind Demonstration Project Announces New Partners
Diamond Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables join the University of Maine to lead development of Maine floating offshore wind demonstration project.
August 10, 2020
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National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Issues Second Request for Proposals
Applications are due October 19, 2020, for Round 3: Electrical Systems and Innovation; Technologies To Mitigate Use Conflicts.
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.
July 23, 2020
Photo of a wind turbine to symbolize energy investment
DOE Announces Nearly $53.4 Million in Small Business Research and Development
Two wind energy projects selected among 49 new Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer projects across 23 states.
July 22, 2020
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces Topics for Next Solicitation
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces Topics for Next Solicitation
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium announces the topics for its second solicitation of industry-prioritized R&D of U.S offshore wind.
July 21, 2020
Illustration of a wind turbine gearbox.
How a Wind Turbine Works
Learn the basics of how wind turbines operate to produce power from a renewable resource—the wind.
June 4, 2020
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces New Project Awards
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces New Project Awards
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium announces 12 new research projects, representing an investment of $17.3 million.
June 4, 2020
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DOE Seeks Input on Offshore Wind Environmental Research and Related Technology Needs
WETO is seeking input on high-priority environmental research needs regarding impact assessment, model validation, and monitoring and mitigation.
June 1, 2020
Buoys stationed off U.S. coast.
It’s No Li(dar): Buoys Equipped with More Powerful Instrumentation
$1.3-million upgrade extends lidar reach and data recovery rate; provides more accessible information.
June 1, 2020
Multimegawatt reference turbine model at sea.
New Reference Turbine Model Accelerates Development of Larger, Cost-Competitive Offshore Wind Systems
Multimegawatt reference turbine expands capabilities to assess technology for ever-larger and lower-cost designs.
May 27, 2020
Photo of wind turbines in Kodiak.
EERE Announces $21.3 Million for Phase I Small Business Innovation Projects
Selected small businesses are receiving Phase I grants that demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations during the first phase of their research
April 1, 2020
Photo of two offshore wind turbines in the ocean.
Energy Department Announces $20 Million Investment in Offshore Wind Resource Characterization and Technology Demonstration
Today, the Energy Department announced a $20 million investment in offshore wind energy resource characterization and technology demonstrations.
December 16, 2019
Offshore Wind Demonstration Aqua Ventus Project Secures Power Purchase Agreement
Offshore Wind Demonstration Aqua Ventus Project Secures Power Purchase Agreement
Maine Aqua Ventus I and Central Maine Power Company sign 20-year PPA allowing project to sell it's electricity to Central Maine Power utility.
October 21, 2019
Many wind turbines in ocean and silhouetted against blue sky.
Offshore Wind Workshop Addresses Industry Challenges
Offshore wind representatives met this spring to discuss meteorology and oceanography research to support offshore wind projects in the U.S.