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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.
October 21, 2019
Illustration of wind turbine and wind flow in front of green hills.
Portal Makes Secure Access to Validated Data a Breeze
A2e initiative addresses the need to have reliable, applicable wind data by establishing and funding the Data Archive and Portal (DAP).
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
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.
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 an offshore wind turbine from underneath against a cloudy sky.
Top Trends in Offshore Wind
Top trends leading the offshore wind market into a decade of unprecedented growth.
August 12, 2019
Block Island wind turbines
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy
Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.
July 3, 2019
august totm drivetrain
Advanced Wind Turbine Drivetrain Trends and Opportunities
High-Efficiency Lightweight Generators Needed for Supersized Turbines on Land and Offshore
June 13, 2019
Offshore wind farm off Rhode Island.
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Request for Proposals
The National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium has announced the availability of funding for additional offshore wind R&D topics.
May 20, 2019
EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $21.6 Million for Phase I Innovation Projects
American small businesses got nearly a $22 million boost from EERE with Phase 1 Release II selections
March 29, 2019
Photo of Offshore Wind.
Request for Proposals for Offshore Wind R&D
The Consortium's RFP is related to offshore wind plant technology advancement, which includes optimizing the performance of wind plants.
March 13, 2019
research funded bat deterrent technologies to minimize the need for curtailment to reduce environmental impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy
DOE Awards $6.8 Million in Wind Energy Research Projects
DOE selected ten projects totaling $6.8 million that will reduce the impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy on bats and other wildlife.
December 12, 2018
Offshore wind farm off Rhode Island.
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium
WETO is supporting a $41 million national offshore wind R&D consortium to facilitate the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry.
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
Map showing the total value, in 2016 dollars per MWh, along the United States eastern coastline.
Offshore Wind Market Value Varies Significantly Along U.S. East Coast
A study from LBNL finds that the market value of offshore wind generally exceeds that of land-based wind in the region.
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.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a buoy in the ocean with a city skyline in the background.
Oh Buoy! PNNL Researchers Dive into Data Delivered from New Jersey Coast
WETO commissioned Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to deploy two research buoys off the New Jersey and Virginia coasts.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a table set up on a beach with two cameras on it.
Stereo Vision Improves "Fly-By" Data for Offshore Wind Power
Researchers from PNNL have come up with a novel way to integrate that stereo vision feature into software.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a wind turbine at sea.
IEA Research Study Extended To Improve Accuracy of Offshore Wind Systems Design Tools
NREL researchers received a four-year extension of IEA research that will advance the overall accuracy of offshore wind computer modeling tools.
June 15, 2018
block island offshore wind
Department of Energy Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research
NYSERDA selected to partner with DOE as administrator of offshore wind R&D consortium.
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.
January 25, 2018
Clemson Wind Testing Center
EERE Success Story—Clemson University to Test Next-Generation Wind Drivetrain
Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced a $35 million, five-year investment with Clemson University to test its new 9.5-MW gearbox.
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.