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July 14, 2021

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Accelerating Materials and Design for Next-Generation Lightweight Wind Turbine Generators

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has published a new study examining the use of advanced machine learning and 3D printing techniques to save costs and size in wind turbine generators.

July 14, 2021

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Biden Administration’s Budget Request Calls for Increase across Wind Energy Research Areas

President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget request includes $205 million for the Wind Energy Technologies Office—an increase of nearly 86% over fiscal year 2021 appropriations. The proposed increase would support R&D across wind energy research areas.

July 14, 2021

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Study Assesses Wind and Solar Value in U.S. Power Markets over Time

A Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study assessed market value for solar and wind through 2019. The study, published in Joule, found that average market values for the technologies remained higher than their average generation costs.

July 12, 2021

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Researchers Identify Priorities and Opportunities in U.S. Electricity Markets

Researchers in DOE’s Grid Modernization Initiative recently released a report detailing challenges and research opportunities in wholesale electricity market design.