Below are stories about testing facilities, capabilities, and certification featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.

May 16, 2022

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Wind Turbines Can Stabilize the Grid

First-ever demonstration shows wind can fulfill a wider role in future power systems.

December 13, 2021

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Celebrating Achievements and Looking Forward to a New Year

As 2021 draws to a close, the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) is reflecting on our R&D, recent achievements, and recognitions, and getting ramped up for a new year of possibilities for wind energy.

October 13, 2021

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DOE Commissions Open-Source Wind Turbine for Wake Control Research

The National Rotor Testbed is an open platform for testing new wind turbine technologies and collaborating among national laboratories to validate advanced computational models for wind turbines. The platform now includes wake control research.

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

May 20, 2019

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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

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CFD Code Increases Accuracy of Turbine Wake Simulation

Accurate modeling of interactions between turbines, turbulence, and wakes indicates potential for lower wind plant costs and improved efficiency.

March 6, 2019

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CWC Wind Tunnel Engineered to Last

In 2018, a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory designed and built the CWC's second-generation wind tunnel.

August 1, 2018

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Request for Information on Broadening the Scope of Energy R&D and Associated Facility Needs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center

WETO is requesting public input on facility and infrastructure investments at the National Wind Technology Center.

May 8, 2018

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Clemson University To Test Next-Generation Wind Drivetrain

MHI Vestas announced a 5-year investment with Clemson University to test its new 9.5-megawatt gearbox at Clemson's SCE&G Energy Innovation Center.

May 8, 2018

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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.