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November 14, 2018
DOE Announces Funding for Advanced Wind Turbine Generator R&D
WETO has announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled "Advanced Next-Generation, High-Efficiency, Lightweight Wind Turbine Generator."
November 1, 2018
Collegiate Wind Competition Informational Webinar Recording Available
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) held an informational webinar on Monday, October 22 to discuss the Collegiate Wind Competition.
October 12, 2018
Photo of three wind turbines taken with the sun setting behind them.
Research Suggests Wind Turbines Can Provide Grid Reliability and Flexibility
Sandia researchers demonstrated that modulating the rotation speed of wind turbine rotors can offer two important grid services.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a series of wind turbines on top of a tall, earthen hill.
Turbines in Terrain: Wind Forecasting Study Completed in Columbia Gorge
To improve wind forecast accuracy, WETO funded the second Wind Forecast Improvement Project (WFIP2).
October 12, 2018
Map showing the total value, in 2016 dollars per MWh, along the United States eastern coastline.
Offshore Wind Market Value Varies Significantly Along U.S. East Coast
A study from LBNL finds that the market value of offshore wind generally exceeds that of land-based wind in the region.
October 12, 2018
Illustration showing the differences between HAWT and VAWT turbines.
Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines Could Reduce Offshore Wind Energy Costs
A new study by Sandia National Laboratories looks at the feasibility for deep-water offshore installations of a less-common wind turbine design.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a buoy in the ocean with a city skyline in the background.
Oh Buoy! PNNL Researchers Dive into Data Delivered from New Jersey Coast
WETO commissioned Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to deploy two research buoys off the New Jersey and Virginia coasts.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a table set up on a beach with two cameras on it.
Stereo Vision Improves "Fly-By" Data for Offshore Wind Power
Researchers from PNNL have come up with a novel way to integrate that stereo vision feature into software.
October 12, 2018
Celebrating Another Year of Progress for U.S. Offshore Wind
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Acting Director from the Fall 2018 Wind R&D Newsletter.
October 12, 2018
Photo of a wind turbine at sea.
IEA Research Study Extended To Improve Accuracy of Offshore Wind Systems Design Tools
NREL researchers received a four-year extension of IEA research that will advance the overall accuracy of offshore wind computer modeling tools.
October 10, 2018
National Renewable Energy Laboratory Releases Request for Proposal (RFP) for Collegiate Wind Competition 2020
NREL has issued a Request for Proposal for colleges and universities interested in participating in the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition 2020.
September 13, 2018
wind rd100 idaho national lab
Keeping the Lights On: Essential Reliability Services
A look behind the scenes at what happens every time you flip a light switch.
August 23, 2018
Small-Scale Distributed Wind: Northern Power Systems’ 100-kW turbine at the top of Burke Mountain in East Burke, Vermont. | Photo courtesy of Northern Power Systems.
Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power
Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.
August 23, 2018
wind turbines against blue sky
DOE 2017 Wind Market Reports Indicate Strong Wind Power Installation Trends and Falling Prices
The reports cover three market sectors: land-based utility scale, distributed, and offshore wind.
August 23, 2018
Wind turbines are soaring to record sizes. The average rotor diameter of turbines installed in 2017 grew to 370 feet, up 135 percent since 1998–1999. | National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power
Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.
August 23, 2018
wind turbines against blue sky
Top 4 Trends in the U.S. Wind Market
Wind power capacity in the United States continued to experience strong growth in 2017.
August 17, 2018
Quiz: Test Your Wind Energy IQ
How much do you know about wind energy? Test your knowledge with our wind power quiz!
August 9, 2018
How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?
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August 7, 2018
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.
August 3, 2018
Department of Energy Announces Request for Information on Offshore Wind Energy R&D Facilities
RFI will allow industry and the public to provide knowledge and recommendations to DOE for the development of offshore wind facilities.
August 1, 2018
Aerial view of the the National Wind Technology Center, with the Rocky Mountains in the background.
Request for Information on Broadening the Scope of Energy R&D and Associated Facility Needs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's...
WETO is requesting public input on facility and infrastructure investments at the National Wind Technology Center.
July 18, 2018
Close-up photo of a bat in flight.
DOE Releases Funding Announcement to Support Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Environmental Impacts
DOE has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement entitled “Advanced Wind R&D to Reduce Costs and Environmental Impacts.”
June 15, 2018
block island offshore wind
Department of Energy Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research
NYSERDA selected to partner with DOE as administrator of offshore wind R&D consortium.
May 11, 2018
Cal state maritime wins collegiate wind competition
The California State University Maritime Academy Blows Away Competition at 3rd Biennial Collegiate Wind Competition
More than 200 competitors integrated real-world engineering test scenarios to create the best wind turbine design.
May 9, 2018
Photo of a wind turbine.
Request for Information on Pathways to Success for Next-Generation Supersized Wind Turbine Blades
WETO is seeking public input regarding the manufacturing and deployment of larger next-generation blades for land-based wind turbines.