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September 10, 2019
Students inspect a small wind turbine designed and built for the DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.
The U.S. Department of Energy Releases Request for Proposal for Collegiate Wind Competition 2021 Applicants
Are you ready to see what it takes for a career in wind energy? The application process is officially open for the Collegiate Wind Competition 2021.
September 5, 2019
A bald eagle flying over a field in front of a wind turbine.
NREL Selects a New Project that Aims to Address Wind-Wildlife Operational Challenges
The new project will advance early-stage technologies for wildlife monitoring and minimization at wind energy facilities.
August 23, 2019
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Department of Energy Releases Annual Wind Market Reports, Finding Robust Wind Power Installations and Falling Prices
Utility-scale land-based wind sector had another strong year with 7,588 megawatts installed in 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices.
August 20, 2019
Two people stand in front of a clear wind tunnel. A turbine sits inside and a team of people running the tunnel are seated on the other side.
CWC Chico State Team Stands Strong as California Wildfire Closes Campus
Following the 2018 Camp Fire, students and faculty from California State University – Chico faced barriers unlike any other school.
August 12, 2019
A NREL employee's daughter points at the turbines while in her mother's arms at the National Wind Technology Center.
Who Uses Distributed Wind?
There are many different types of distributed wind customer. Find out more about distributed wind and who uses it.
August 12, 2019
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Top Trends in Wind Technology
Learn more about this year's most notable trends in the land-based wind market.
August 12, 2019
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Top Trends in Offshore Wind
Top trends leading the offshore wind market into a decade of unprecedented growth.
August 12, 2019
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.
August 12, 2019
SERDP San Clemente Island, California wind power project in the early morning.
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power
Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.
August 12, 2019
How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?
How Much Power is 1 Gigawatt?
A date most movie buffs know by heart, October 21, 2015, is the day Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel in “Back to the Future Part II.”
August 12, 2019
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power
Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.
July 31, 2019
Five students in safety gear stand in a huddle next to a wind tunnel.
Students from Puerto Rico Channel Resiliency to Solve Real-World Challenges
Students from Puerto Rico managed to compete in 2018 CWC despite Hurricane Maria and returned in 2019 even stronger.
July 22, 2019
EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $43.6 Million for Phase II Innovation Projects
American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the Energy Department's EERE Small Business Innovation Research program.
July 3, 2019
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Advanced Wind Turbine Drivetrain Trends and Opportunities
High-Efficiency Lightweight Generators Needed for Supersized Turbines on Land and Offshore
July 3, 2019
DOE Selects Advanced Wind Turbine Generator Projects
DOE Selects Advanced Wind Turbine Generator Projects
Awards of $8 million will help researchers develop lightweight, efficient turbine drivetrain systems for tall wind and offshore applications.
June 28, 2019
A student in a red shirt stands in front of a wind turbine on a cloudy day.
Collegiate Wind Competition Paves the Way to Careers in Wind Energy
Recent graduate receives early job offer from Invenergy.
June 13, 2019
Offshore wind farm off Rhode Island.
National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Request for Proposals
The National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium has announced the availability of funding for additional offshore wind R&D topics.
June 12, 2019
Two college students look on as a child shows off a wind turbine design.
College Students Give Back: Collegiate Wind Competition Participants Support Education Through KidWind
Collegiate Wind Competition participants from UW-Madison and James Madison University share their experiences volunteering with KidWind.
May 20, 2019
Red barn-like structure, with solar panels on roof, wind turbines and water tower in background.
Workshop Explores Potential of Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development
WETO workshop attendees share information about needs, challenges, and experiences unique to distributed wind, especially in rural areas.
May 20, 2019
EERE Helps American Small Businesses with $21.6 Million for Phase I Innovation Projects
American small businesses got nearly a $22 million boost from EERE with Phase 1 Release II selections
May 20, 2019
Four separate columns depicting blade manufacturing, design, and transport pathways; percent impact on wind project levelized costs from blades alone; commercial readiness; and geographic breadth.
Study Assesses How To Break Barriers To Supersized Wind Turbine Blades
Design, manufacturing, and transportation option assessments show how “supersized” blades could increase energy, affordability, and site viability.
May 20, 2019
Students work on their wind turbines in their team booths at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2018, in Chicago on May 8, 2018.
2020 Collegiate Wind Competition Participants Announced
DOE announces the 12 teams competing in the competition, who will gain valuable real-world experience as they prepare to enter the workforce.
May 20, 2019
Lidar equipment in the foreground with three wind turbines in the background.
Wake Steering Performance Evaluated at Scale
Wake steering field trials reveal potential for wind-plant-level control to increase annual energy production 1%–2% and profits by $1 million.
May 20, 2019
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New Model To Support the North American Renewable Integration Study
U.S., Canadian, and Mexican collaboration on a new model helps industry plan an economically competitive and reliable long-term cross-border grid.
May 20, 2019
Wind turbines in the forest.
Celebrating a Year of Wind Industry Growth
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Acting Director from the Spring 2019 newsletter.