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

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October 1, 2013
The innovative drivetrain designed by NREL and its partners applies a system approach to improve all three major components: a single-stage gearbox, a medium-speed permanent-magnet generator, and a high-efficiency power converter.
Illustration by Romax Technology
DOE and Industry Partners Drive the Design of an Innovative Drivetrain

Building on its role as a world-class research facility, DOE's National Wind Technology Center at NREL—along with CREE, DNV KEMA, GE Wind, Romax...

October 1, 2013
New DOE Modeling Tool Estimates Economic Benefits of Offshore Wind Plants
To help developers more readily estimate the economic benefits of offshore wind plants, DOE recently released a new version of the Jobs and Economi...
October 1, 2013
Pressure profile of a wave moving through an offshore structure.
Courtesy of MMI Engineering
Improving Design Methods for Fixed-Foundation Offshore Wind Energy Systems
Excerpt from the Third Quarter 2013 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter.
October 1, 2013
2012 detector deployment at Matinicus Rock Light Station located 18 miles off the coast of Maine.
Photo by Stantec
Stantec Investigates Bat Activity in Atlantic and Great Lakes Offshore Regions
Environmental consulting and engineering firm Stantec is observing patterns in offshore bat activity and species composition.
October 1, 2013
Douglas-Westwood collected data on vessels currently deployed in the international offshore wind industry, like the one pictured here at the London Array in the United Kingdom.
Photo by London Array Limited
Study Reveals Challenges and Opportunities Related to Vessels for U.S. Offshore Wind

The installation of offshore wind farms requires a highly specialized fleet of vessels--but no such fleet currently exists in the United States. As...

October 1, 2013
New DOE Report Investigates Port Readiness for Offshore Wind

As offshore wind energy develops in the United States, port facilities will become strategic hubs in the offshore wind supply chain, because all...

October 1, 2013
DOE to Debut a Dynamic 5-Megawatt Dynamometer
Boulder, Colorado -- As wind turbine capacity continues to grow, so does the need to test the electrical and mechanical power-producing components ...
October 1, 2013
First U.S. Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine Installed Off the Coast of Maine
Castine, Maine - The University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center partnered with Maine Maritime Academy and Cianbro to launch a ...
October 1, 2013
DOE to Host a Booth at Offshore WINDPOWER
An excerpt from the Third Quarter 2013 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter.
January 10, 2013
Study Determines Wind-Induced Cycling Impacts are Minimal
This is an excerpt from the Fourth Quarter 2012 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter.
May 1, 2012
ANL Study Shows Wind Power Decreases Power Sector Emissions
This is an excerpt from the Second Quarter 2012 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter.
May 1, 2012
Cooperation Among Balancing Authorities Offers Greater Use of Renewable Energy with Lower Integration Costs
This is an excerpt from the Second Quarter 2012 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter.
February 24, 2012
NREL Releases Alpha-Version of MLife

This is an excerpt from the First Quarter 2012 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter....

February 24, 2012
PNNL Reviews Wildlife-Interaction Monitoring for Offshore Wind Farms — Technology Hybrids Show Best Potential

This is an excerpt from the First Quarter 2012 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter....

February 24, 2012
DOE Releases EPRI Report on Benefits of Regional Coordination in Wind Energy Transfers

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a report finding that inter-regional cooperation can help lower the cost of transporting wind...

February 24, 2012
Turbines in U.S. Waters Will Soon Spin Wind into Electricity
Approximately 75,000 Americans are currently employed by the U.S. wind energy industry, and that's solely for projects on land. Imagine what will h...
December 19, 2011
DOE’s New Large Blade Test Facility in Massachusetts Completes First Commercial Blade Tests

Since opening its doors for business in May, the Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC), in Boston, Massachusetts, has come up to full speed testing...

December 19, 2011
Gamesa Installs 2-MW Wind Turbine at NWTC

In October, the Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Laboratory (NREL) worked with Gamesa Wind US to complete the installation of Gamesa's...

December 19, 2011
5-MW Dynamometer Ground Breaking

The Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, broke ground for a new 5-MW dynamometer test facility.

December 19, 2011
A First-Ever Global Examination of Successful Wind Energy Grid Integration Practices

The Department of Energy (DOE) outlined a scenario where wind energy could account for 20% of America's total power generation portfolio by 2030.

December 19, 2011
University of Minnesota and the Department of Energy Celebrate New Wind Energy Research Station

This is an excerpt from the Fourth Quarter 2011 edition of the Wind Program R&D Newsletter....

December 19, 2011
SNL Begins Field Testing on First SMART Blades

The Department of Energy (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) completed fabrication and began field testing a set of wind turbine blades with...

December 19, 2011
Argonne National Laboratory Partners with Advanced Magnet Lab to Develop First Fully Superconducting Direct-Drive Generator

The Department of Energy (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is partnering with Advanced Magnet Lab, in Palm Bay, Florida, on one of six...

October 3, 2011
Department of Energy Funds Six Companies to Develop Advanced Drivetrain Designs
The Department of Energy announced awards totaling nearly $7.5 million to companies and research institutions working to develop the next generatio...
October 3, 2011
NREL Publishes Gearbox Reliability Collaborative Findings Report

DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published the first formal report on the efforts of the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC)...