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September 11, 2020
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From Concept to Commercialization – Bat Deterrent for Wind Energy Goes Global
For the past two decades, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office has worked on ways to protect bats at wind farms.
September 2, 2020
A young man in a hard hat and safety glasses adjusts a small wind turbine inside a wind tunnel.
Request for Proposals Released for 2022 U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition
Applications for CWC 2022 are being accepted now through December 8, 2020.
August 31, 2020
Electric Motor Produced Entirely by Additive Manufacturing.
New Study Reviews Additive Manufacturing of Soft Magnets for Wind Turbines
This study highlights the current status of additive manufacturing of magnetic components, such as rotors and stators, for large electrical machines.
August 26, 2020
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CWC Alum Goes Far with Passion for Renewable Energy
Jane Sandoval enters her master's program this fall with years of energy experience, including her work in DOE's 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition.
August 14, 2020
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power
Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.
August 14, 2020
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power
Brush up on your knowledge of wind! Get the details on a few of the lesser-known wind energy facts.
August 13, 2020
Secretary Brouillette announces ARIES at NREL.
ARIES — a Visionary Energy Research Platform Addressing At-Scale Integration of Energy Systems
Energy Secretary Brouillette announces the launch of the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems platform at NREL.
August 11, 2020
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U.S. Distributed Wind Manufacturers Selected to Advance Wind Technologies and Grid Support Capabilities through DOE Competitiveness Impro...
8 new projects aim to drive down cost of distributed wind energy, improve grid support capabilities, and increase turbine certification testing
August 10, 2020
Rendering of the VolturnUS floating concrete hull.
New England Aqua Ventus Offshore Wind Demonstration Project Announces New Partners
Diamond Offshore Wind, RWE Renewables join the University of Maine to lead development of Maine floating offshore wind demonstration project.
August 10, 2020
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National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Issues Second Request for Proposals
Applications are due October 19, 2020, for Round 3: Electrical Systems and Innovation; Technologies To Mitigate Use Conflicts.
August 10, 2020
Wind turbine in the water at sunset surrounded by a light from a tool that measures offshore wind performance.
Celebrating American Wind Week: WETO Shows Wind Is the Answer
As we celebrate American Wind Week, let’s look at some of WETO’s most exciting wind energy research this year.
July 30, 2020
Wind Cybersecurity Roadmap Released
Wind Cybersecurity Roadmap Released
The Roadmap for Wind Cybersecurity outlines the increasing challenges of cyber threats to the wind industry.
July 29, 2020
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Collaboration Is Key for Washington State University Everett Wind Energy Team
WSU Everett’s unique partnership with Everett Community College prepares team for first-time participation in the Collegiate Wind Competition.
July 23, 2020
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DOE Announces Nearly $53.4 Million in Small Business Research and Development
Two wind energy projects selected among 49 new Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer projects across 23 states.
July 22, 2020
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces Topics for Next Solicitation
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces Topics for Next Solicitation
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium announces the topics for its second solicitation of industry-prioritized R&D of U.S offshore wind.
July 21, 2020
Illustration of a wind turbine gearbox.
How a Wind Turbine Works
Learn the basics of how wind turbines operate to produce power from a renewable resource—the wind.
June 23, 2020
2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Winners
California State University Maritime Academy and James Madison University Claim Top Awards in First Virtual Collegiate Wind Competition
After four days of intense virtual presentations, the Energy Department announced the winners of the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition.
June 18, 2020
Two wind turbines in a field.
DOE Announces 2020 Technology Commercialization Fund Selections
DOE announced selections of more than $33 million in funding for 82 projects supported by the Technology Commercialization Fund.
June 9, 2020
Wind turbines in an arid environment contrasted against a stark blue sky
EERE Success Story—Beyond Power, Wind Plants Can Provide a Full Suite of Essential Reliability Services to the Grid
Beyond Power, Wind Plants Can Provide a Full Suite of Essential Reliability Services to the Grid
June 4, 2020
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces New Project Awards
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces New Project Awards
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium announces 12 new research projects, representing an investment of $17.3 million.
June 4, 2020
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DOE Seeks Input on Offshore Wind Environmental Research and Related Technology Needs
WETO is seeking input on high-priority environmental research needs regarding impact assessment, model validation, and monitoring and mitigation.
June 1, 2020
Graphic representation of a wind turbine being hacked.
Labs Coordinate To Protect Wind Power from Cyberattacks
As wind generation increases, cybersecurity efforts will add resilience to critical infrastructure.
June 1, 2020
Buoys stationed off U.S. coast.
It’s No Li(dar): Buoys Equipped with More Powerful Instrumentation
$1.3-million upgrade extends lidar reach and data recovery rate; provides more accessible information.
June 1, 2020
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Wind Is Changing Pricing Patterns in Wholesale Power Markets
In some markets, wind power is having significant impacts on the timing and location of electricity prices.
June 1, 2020
wind turbine on farmland against a cloudy but blue sky.
Working To Ensure Wind Is Part of Distributed Energy Future
International team examines solutions to make wind systems competitive in the distributed energy market.