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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.
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.
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