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April 16, 2019
Falcon on a man with wind turbines in the background.
Request for Proposals to Address Wind-Wildlife Operational Challenges
The subsequent contract will support emerging technologies that detect and deter birds and bats from wind energy facilities.
March 29, 2019
Photo of Offshore Wind.
Request for Proposals for Offshore Wind R&D
The Consortium's RFP is related to offshore wind plant technology advancement, which includes optimizing the performance of wind plants.
March 28, 2019
Photo of a field of wind turbines
Department of Energy Announces $28 Million in Funding for Wind Energy Research
WETO has issued a $28-million multitopic FOA aimed at enabling wind energy nationwide across all sectors: land-based, offshore, and distributed.
March 21, 2019
Group of college student sitting on steps.
CWC Opens Doors for New Grads Seeking Jobs in Wind
The competition includes two multi-faceted challenges: design, build, and test a wind turbine; and plan and financially analyze a wind plant.
March 15, 2019
A student team in the Collegiate Wind Competition stands on stage in front of a banner at the WINDPOWER conference.
Collegiate Wind Competition Provides Students with Opportunities
This competition challenges interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students to create unique solutions to complex wind energy projects.
March 13, 2019
research funded bat deterrent technologies to minimize the need for curtailment to reduce environmental impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy
Energy Department Awards $6 Million in Wind Energy Research Projects
DOE selected nine projects totaling $6.2 million that will reduce the impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy on bats and other wildlife.
March 6, 2019
A photo of a Bergey excel 15 wind turbine.
Competitiveness Improvement Project Request for Proposals
The RFP aligns with the office's goals to make wind energy cost competitive with other distributed energy resources.
March 6, 2019
Men standing near a wind tunnel.
CWC Wind Tunnel Engineered to Last
In 2018, a team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory designed and built the CWC's second-generation wind tunnel.
February 20, 2019
Student teams compete in turbine performance testing at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018, in Chicago on May 8–10, 2018.
2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Participants Announced
Announcement of the 2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Teams
February 19, 2019
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How Much Can Wind Plant Operators Save? WISDEM Counts the Ways
This small-scale field research project paves the way for a more comprehensive wind plant field validation effort.
December 18, 2018
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Announces $20 Million Available for Small Business Innovation Research and Technolog...
EERE expects to fund more than 100 new projects, totaling approximately $20 million
December 12, 2018
Offshore wind farm off Rhode Island.
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium
WETO is supporting a $41 million national offshore wind R&D consortium to facilitate the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry.
November 14, 2018
DOE Announces Funding for Advanced Wind Turbine Generator R&D
The FOA invited proposals to develop a lightweight, more efficient wind turbine drivetrain system that minimizes the use of rare earth magnets.
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
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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.