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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.
Department of Energy Announces 2020 Technology Commercialization Fund Selections
DOE announced selections of more than $33 million in funding for 82 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions.
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 twelve new research projects, representing an investment of $17.3 million.
June 4, 2020
offshore wind turbines
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
LBNL campus lit up at night.
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.
June 1, 2020
A student installs his team’s turbine in a wind tunnel for a test during the CWC 2019 Technical Challenge.
Mind the Wind Workforce Gap
Ensuring today’s students meet tomorrow’s wind energy workforce needs.
June 1, 2020
wind turbines in a field.
Innovative Carbon Fiber Materials Enable Longer Blades, Greater Energy Capture than Traditional Fiberglass
Study blows a hole in the theory that wind turbine manufacturers have avoided carbon fiber materials because of their high cost.
June 1, 2020
New flight tracking system capable of measuring how various bat species behave in the presence of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents.
Which Bats Steer Clear of Wind Turbine Deterrents—and When?
Flight-path monitoring aims to determine the effectiveness of ultrasonic acoustic deterrents.
June 1, 2020
Crawling robots and drones with infrared cameras against a blue sky and sun.
Robotic Systems Improve Blade Reliability
Sandia National Laboratories’ ARROW(e) system brings automated, high-tech wind blade inspections to the field.
June 1, 2020
Multimegawatt reference turbine model at sea.
New Reference Turbine Model Accelerates Development of Larger, Cost-Competitive Offshore Wind Systems
Multimegawatt reference turbine expands capabilities to assess technology for ever-larger and lower-cost designs.
June 1, 2020
View from below of a wind turbine against a blue sky with some clouds.
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director from the Spring 2020 newsletter.
May 28, 2020
Photo of a large wind farm
DOE Announces $67 Million To Enhance Manufacturing Competitiveness Through Innovation
DOE funding opportunity includes integrated additive manufacturing processes for wind turbine blade production.
May 27, 2020
Photo of wind turbines in Kodiak.
EERE Announces $21.3 Million for Phase I Small Business Innovation Projects
Selected small businesses are receiving Phase I grants that demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations during the first phase of their research
April 29, 2020
offshore turbines at sea.
Offshore Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Webinar Series
Series will discuss offshore wind turbine radar interference mitigation strategies and research needs for offshore wind development.
April 21, 2020
Person sits using a mouse at a computer during the CWC competition.
Collegiate Wind Competition Teams Look to the Future with 2020 Vision
12 teams of students from across the United States will present a virtual showcase of technological adaptability and wind energy wizardry at CWC.
April 21, 2020
Student in a hard hat stands in front of a monitor.
2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Goes Virtual To Accommodate Health Concerns
The 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) will be held via webinar in May and June.
April 1, 2020
Photo of two offshore wind turbines in the ocean.
Energy Department Announces $20 Million Investment in Offshore Wind Resource Characterization and Technology Demonstration
Today, the Energy Department announced a $20 million investment in offshore wind energy resource characterization and technology demonstrations.
March 27, 2020
Tule Wind Farm in CA by Avangrid.
California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Shows Wind Can Play a Major Role in Renewable Integration
Large utility-scale wind plants can provide essential reliability services to the electricity grid.
March 26, 2020
A female researcher with safety equipment crouches on top of a turbine nacelle with a mountain backdrop.
Boosting Speed and Accuracy of Wind Plant Optimization Model
NREL has released a new version of its FLOw Redirection and Induction in Steady State (FLORIS) model for wind plant performance optimization.
February 27, 2020
A photo of a Bergey excel 15 wind turbine.
Competitiveness Improvement Project Issues RFP
Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) RFP is accepting applications through March 31, 2020.
February 26, 2020
Two young men smile while holding up a 1st place Collegiate Wind Competition trophy.
Energy Department Announces Participants of 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition
DOE announced the 13 collegiate teams selected to participate in the 2021 CWC. Three new schools were selected and 10 teams are returning.