Below are stories about research efforts featured by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.

June 23, 2022

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Learning a Better Way To Forecast Wind and Solar Energy Costs

A new study from Berkeley Lab published in the journal iScience uses a new methodology to predict patterns for utility-scale wind and solar costs. The study concludes that the cost of wind and solar energy will progressively decline in the coming years.

June 23, 2022

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Simulating the Role of Grid-Forming Inverters in the Future Electric Grid

PNNL researchers developed a new computer model of a device that acts like a translator, enabling renewable power sources like wind and solar to provide electricity to the grid while increasing system resiliency and stability.

June 23, 2022

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New Study Explores 3D Printing of Permanent Magnets for Wind Turbines

DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory published a study that highlights the additive manufacturing (3D printing) of permanent magnets for large electrical machines. Additive manufacturing could be an attractive method for manufacturing permanent magnets.

May 31, 2022

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Experts Forecast the Wind Plant of the Future to Be Taller and More Economical

Researchers from NREL predict that by 2035, wind plant designs will embrace towers even taller than previously thought.

May 16, 2022

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Unlocking Distributed Wind Energy’s Potential

A new study indicates that nearly 1,400 gigawatts of distributed wind capacity could be profitably deployed today across the United States, which amounts to more than half of the nation’s current annual electricity consumption.

May 16, 2022

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The Winds of St. Mary’s, Alaska

A standalone wind turbine is transforming the rural Alaskan community of St. Mary’s, according to a new study conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

May 16, 2022

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Living in Wind Energy’s Shadow

New study reveals mixed reactions to flickering shadows generated by wind turbines.

May 12, 2022

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Study Finds Distributed Wind Energy Potential Equivalent to Half of National Electricity Demand

NREL released the Distributed Wind Energy Futures Study, which details the high potential to profitably deploy nearly 1,400 gigawatts (GW) of distributed wind capacity across the United States.

May 11, 2022

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New Journal Article Identifies Requirements for Procedural Justice in Wind Energy Development

Expanding wind energy deployment requires communities to host wind projects, and research has shown that communities are more willing to host wind energy when they feel the planning process has been fair.

March 28, 2022

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Report Outlines Supply Chain Needs to Achieve Offshore Wind 2030 Goal

NREL report outlines supply chain needs required to reach the United States’ national offshore wind goal of 30 GW by 2030.