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February 18, 2021
Student working on a wind project.
DOE Announces Teams to Compete in the 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition
DOE announces 11 teams selected to compete in the 2022 Collegiate wind competition, where students will design, build, and test a model wind turbine.
February 10, 2021
Central Maui Landfill Refuse & Recycling Center.
New Distributed Wind Simulation Tool Accelerates Research from Lab to Field
Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL) project aims to effectively and affordably power homes and businesses.
February 9, 2021
Flexing the Limits of Land-Based Wind Turbine Rotor Growth
Flexing the Limits of Land-Based Wind Turbine Rotor Growth
Slender, Flexible Blades Enable High-Energy-Capture Wind Turbines by Resolving Transportation Challenges.
February 4, 2021
distributed wind research in action.
Distributed Wind Research Program Workshop Report
WETO organized the Distributed Wind Research Program Workshop to bring together laboratory & industry project stakeholders to achieve key objectives.
February 1, 2021
Wind turbines along a shoreline.
Updated Application Process for Offshore Environmental Research Funding Opportunity
EERE application submission activities moved back to EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange (Exchange).
February 1, 2021
WISDEM modules cover the full turbine engineering and cost of energy balance sheet to capture system-level cost-benefit tradeoffs.
WISDEM Update Improves User Experience, Takes Systems Engineering Approach to Wind Energy Project Design
WISDEM software creates a virtual, vertically integrated wind plant from components to operations.
February 1, 2021
U.S. Wind Power Resource at 100-Meter Hub Height
Wind Resource Maps - Video Tutorial for Understanding Land-Based and Offshore Wind Resource Maps
Tutorial explains how to read the new maps, where to access them, and the difference between land-based and offshore wind resource maps.
February 1, 2021
offshore wind turbines
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces Five New Awards
Five new research projects focus on Enabling Large-Scale Turbines.
January 20, 2021
august totm wind drive train
DOE Announces Additional Funding for High-Efficiency Lightweight Generator Demonstration
GE to receive $20.3 million to build and test a prototype of their high-efficiency ultra-light low temperature SCG on a wind turbine.
January 20, 2021
DOE Selects Advanced Wind Turbine Generator Projects
DOE Selects Advanced Wind Turbine Generator Projects
Awards will help researchers develop lightweight, efficient turbine drivetrain systems for tall wind and offshore applications.
January 20, 2021
Competitiveness Improvement Project technologies.
U.S. Manufacturers Invited To Participate in Distributed Wind Technology Innovation
DOE and NREL have issued a request for proposals (RFP) and is accepting applications for the CIP for distributed wind.
January 15, 2021
The Energy Department supports development of methodologies and evaluation of offshore wind impacts on wildlife in U.S. Atlantic waters.
Energy Department and Federal Partners Announce up to $14.5 Million for Offshore Wind Environmental Research
Environmental research supports increasing understanding of offshore wind and evaluating impacts on wildlife in U.S. Atlantic waters.
January 14, 2021
Graduate Jamie Mears stands next to a sign in the woods.
CWC Alum’s Industry Connections Open Door to Career in Wind Energy
2020 James Madison University grad Jamie Mears is putting her degree and her Collegiate Wind Competition experience to work at Ørsted Onshore.
January 5, 2021
Daytime photo of a wind farm with a man standing in the foreground and a hawk perched on this hand.
Happy New Year!
As we usher in 2021, we’d like to share some of 2020's top wind energy R&D achievements.
December 18, 2020
Clouds and sunset outline wind turbines on the horizon.
Multi-Year Program Plan for Wind Energy Research Released
The plan outlines the Office’s research priorities and plans through the year 2025.
December 17, 2020
elecric grid, image from space
Energy Department Announces $25 Million in Funding for Grid-Forming Technologies Research
DOE announced up to $45 million for research to advance solar hardware and systems integration, in addition to additional developments.
December 17, 2020
Offshore wind energy
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
December 14, 2020
Photo of power lines, solar panels, a factory smokestack, and a wind turbine.
EERE Announces FY 2021 Phase I Release 2 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I Funding Opport...
Eligible small business can apply to receive up to $200,000 to test their innovative ideas over 12 months.
December 10, 2020
Strategic Priorities and Impact Analysis Team
EERE Launches New Portal for Applying to Funding Opportunities
Organizations interested in working with EERE can use the EERE Program Information Center to find and respond to open funding opportunities.
December 8, 2020
Male CWC participant works on his turbine model.
Collegiate Wind Competition Veterans Share Tips for Success in the Age of Social Distancing
Many students participating in the 2021 CWC will be meeting with their teammates virtually and building their competition turbines from home.
November 30, 2020
A boat sails near the Siemens' 3.6 MW Offshore Wind Turbine
U.S. Departments of the Interior and Energy Launch New Collaboration for Improved Safety and Environmental Stewardship in Offshore Energy...
DOI Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and DOE have issued a FOA for up to $40 million for the OESI 2.0 to support various improvements.
November 23, 2020
Request for Information on Offshore Wind Transmission System Integration Research Needs
Request for Information on Offshore Wind Transmission System Integration Research Needs
This RFI is intended to inform WETO’s strategic planning on research aimed at lowering the cost of integrating offshore wind power into the grid.
November 16, 2020
DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office
EERE Announces New FY21 Topics for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer
EERE’s FY 2021 topics include a commercialization opportunity for a wind turbine blade design developed by Sandia National Laboratories.
November 12, 2020
Model wind turbine in a wind tunnel to be tested at the Collegiate Wind Competition.
CWC Alum Pivots Competition Experience to Job in Nuclear Security
Jessica Davis is using the engineering, analysis, and project management experience she developed during the CWC to her new job in nuclear security.
October 23, 2020
2021 Collegiate Wind Competition
2021 Collegiate Wind Competition to Focus on Outreach and Planning for Adaptability
A new academic year is underway, which means a new class of college students is preparing for the 2021 DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.