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December 19, 2019
grand challenge wind December
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
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.
November 19, 2019
Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project Helps Manufacturers Develop, Certify Next-Gen Technologies
The goals of the CIP are to make wind energy cost competitive and increase the number of wind turbine designs certified to national testing standards.
November 13, 2019
A group of students smile at a model wind turbine at the 2019 Collegiate Wind Competition.
Use Your Holiday Break to Prepare for the Energy Department’s Collegiate Wind Competition
Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to work on your team's CWC 2021 application before it's due on December 9, 2019.
November 13, 2019
an arial view of a city at night showing the night lights.
DOE Announces New Grid Modernization Lab Call Projects
On November 6, 2019, DOE announced the results of the 2019 Grid Modernization Lab Call with funding of approximately $80 million over three years.
November 13, 2019
Solar panels on the NREL campus near the mountains.
Modeling Modernity: Key Revisions to the IEEE Reliability Test System Proposed
GMLC project publishes updates to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Reliability Test System.
November 8, 2019
wind turbines against a blue sky.
Sandia Patents Blade Design that Reduces Wakes Effects
SNL has developed a wind turbine blade design that would allow turbines to be installed closer to one another, due to a faster dissipating wake.
October 22, 2019
Wind Turbine's In Motion (spinning).
DOE Awards $28 Million for Wind Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Projects
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 13 projects to receive a total of $28 million to advance wind energy nationwide.
October 21, 2019
Worker hanging from cable between wind turbine rotor and tower with blue sky behind him.
Bigger Equals Better When It Comes to Wind Energy Potential
Researchers are analyzing alternative blade concepts that could almost double the size of today’s blades.
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.
October 21, 2019
View from below of a wind turbine against a blue sky with some clouds.
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director from the Fall 2019 newsletter.
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
A map with a legend explaining how wind forecasts are overlaid.
New Tool Keeps Wind Power On Course
System operators have a new tool for bringing intuition to the deluge of wind data—a visualizer for wind power forecasts called WindView.
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.
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.
September 27, 2019
Two students wearing school shirts adjust the nacelle on a model wind turbine.
Add Wind Power Experience to Your Resume … While You’re Still in College
Find out where to start, what to expect, and how to stand out now that EERE has issued the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 call for proposals.
September 10, 2019
Students inspect a small wind turbine designed and built for the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.
The U.S. Department of Energy Releases Request for Proposal for Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 Applicants
Are you ready to see what it takes for a career in wind energy? The application process is officially open for the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021.
September 5, 2019
A bald eagle flying over a field in front of a wind turbine.
DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Selects a New Project that Aims to Address Wind-Wildlife Operational Challenges
The Technology Development and Innovation program supports efforts to reduce the impact of wind technologies on wildlife such as birds and bats.
August 23, 2019
 wind project in kodiak alaska
Department of Energy Releases Annual Wind Market Reports, Finding Robust Wind Power Installations and Falling Prices
Utility-scale land-based wind sector had another strong year with 7,588 megawatts installed in 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices.
August 20, 2019
Two people stand in front of a clear wind tunnel. A turbine sits inside and a team of people running the tunnel are seated on the other side.
CWC Chico State Team Stands Strong as California Wildfire Closes Campus
Following the 2018 Camp Fire, students and faculty from California State University – Chico faced barriers unlike any other school.
August 12, 2019
A NREL employee's daughter points at the turbines while in her mother's arms at the National Wind Technology Center.
Who Uses Distributed Wind?
There are many different types of distributed wind customer. Find out more about distributed wind and who uses it.
August 12, 2019
View of a wind turbine from below against a blue sky.
Top Trends in Wind Technology
Learn more about this year's most notable trends in the land-based wind market.
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.