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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.
October 21, 2020
Map of the gulf of Maine showing wind speed.
DOE Publishes 100-Meter Mid-Atlantic Wind Resource Maps and Article
Maps provide easy-to-understand snapshots of wind resources.
October 19, 2020
Lidar buoy in the ocean.
Buoys Deployed Off the West Coast to Collect Data for Future Offshore Wind Energy Development
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has deployed two lidar buoys off the coast of California.
October 13, 2020
Wind turbines at sea.
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director, Dr. Robert C. Marlay
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director from the Fall 2020 newsletter.
October 13, 2020
Image showing the flow structure around an NREL 5-megawatt wind turbine rotor generated by the ExaWind Nalu-Wind high-performance computational code.
ExaWind Supercharges Wind Power Plant Simulations on Land and at Sea
Suite of open-source, HPC-powered physics codes allows engineers to do everything but collect their mail inside a virtual wind power plant.
October 13, 2020
The Pink Supermoon rises near the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Flatirons Campus wind turbine.
Wind Turbines with Large Rotors and Tall Towers Provide Double Dividends
Supersized turbines could reduce costs, enhance value of wind energy—and more.
October 13, 2020
NREL researchers replacing an existing gearbox with a fully instrumented Winergy gearbox and SKF main bearing in the DOE-owned GE 1.5-megawatt wind turbine at NREL’s Flatirons Campus.
Zeroing In on the No. 1 Cause of Wind Turbine Gearbox Failures
A deeper understanding of bearing axial cracking enables reliability assessments for individual turbines.
October 13, 2020
Illustration of a golden eagle flying amid wind turbines.
Exploring Eagle Hearing and Vision Capabilities To Reduce Risk at Wind Farms
University researchers examine eagle physiology to inform and improve eagle deterrents.
October 13, 2020
Heavy seas engulf the Block Island Wind Farm.
NREL’s Techno-Economic Models Spotlight the Emerging Offshore Wind Opportunity
New open-source tool helps stakeholders assess U.S. offshore wind power plant balance-of-system costs.
October 13, 2020
Wind turbines in the mountains.
Technology Changes in U.S. Wind Industry Help Slow the Impacts of Aging on Wind Power Plants
First comprehensive study of the U.S. wind fleet shows that the performance of newer plants declines less with age than older plants.
October 13, 2020
A new wind power plant modeling framework developed by LLNL and other partners allows large-scale weather features to interact directly with wind turbines for an improved representation of wakes and turbulence.
Multiscale Framework Simulates Utility-Scale Wind Power Plant in Its Natural Environment
First-ever simulation could lead to vital understanding of wind power plant performance.
October 13, 2020
To help advance cybersecurity for distributed wind power, an INL team is collaborating with  researchers at three other National Laboratories and industry through the MIRACL project.
Collaboration Bolsters Cybersecurity and Resilience for Distributed Wind
Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience & Advanced Controls Launchpad project supports distributed wind industry.
October 13, 2020
ThermalTracker-3D tracks an unmanned aerial system (visible top, center) during testing at the NREL Flatirons Campus.
ThermalTracker-3D Takes Flight
Testing validates system accuracy, provides comprehensive picture of bird and bat activity.
October 13, 2020
Wind turbine stationed at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne, Massachusetts.
A Gust-o for Training: Distributed Wind for Federal Agencies
New training covers basics and explains how and where systems could be installed.
October 8, 2020
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy
Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.
October 8, 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.
October 8, 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.
October 6, 2020
Photo of three wind turbines taken with the sun setting behind them.
EERE is Hiring!
EERE is searching for enthusiastic, driven and committed professionals to fill our vacant positions.
September 28, 2020
The 3-MW GE/Alstom research turbine (right) at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) stands fully intact during its final days, prior to it being dismantled after an 8-year research collaboration.
On-Demand Wind Training Now Available for Federal Agencies
A new training course called Selecting, Implementing, and Funding Distributed Wind Systems in Federal Facilities is now available.
September 11, 2020
success story wind bat one
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.