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January 25, 2018
Clemson Wind Testing Center
EERE Success Story—Clemson University to Test Next-Generation Wind Drivetrain
Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced a $35 million, five-year investment with Clemson University to test its new 9.5-MW gearbox.
January 23, 2018
Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Wind Turbines in Extreme Weather: Solutions for Hurricane Resiliency
Offshore wind turbines on the Atlantic coast (as well as the Gulf Mexico) have several challenges to contend with—including hurricanes.
December 19, 2017
While the first blog in this series focused on the floating foundations needed for U.S. offshore wind development in deep waters, this blog examines innovations in fixed-bottom foundations.
U.S. Conditions Drive Innovation in Offshore Wind Foundations
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the U.S. than in other countries.
December 12, 2017
offshore wind turbines
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research
Consortium will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the United States.
December 11, 2017
Offshore wind floating substructure designs: spar buoy (left), semisubmersible (middle), and tension-leg platform (right).
Floating Wind Power is Becoming a Reality
This blog is part of a series that explores offshore wind technical challenges that are different in the United States than in other countries.
November 20, 2017
wind rd100 idaho national lab
EERE Success Story—Unique Software Offers Tool for Securing Transmission Grid at Maximum Efficiency
INL researchers are working with partners in industry and academia to use concurrent cooling from wind to make the electrical grid more efficient.
October 23, 2017
Two men hanging from a wind turbine as they work to prepare the turbine.
Everything You Need to Know about Wind Turbine Technicians
Want to hover hundreds of feet in the air on an average work day? Then being a wind technician may be just for you.
October 18, 2017
Offshore wind turbines in heavy seas.
Wind Energy Continues Rapid Growth
The United States wind industry added more than 8,200 MW of capacity and supported more than 101,000 jobs in 2016.
October 18, 2017
A semisubmersible offshore wind turbine in a research tank.
NREL Paves the Way for Floating Offshore Wind Semisubmersible Model Validation
NREL researchers have been leading an international effort to validate offshore wind models.
October 17, 2017
An eagle flies near turbines at the National Wind Technology Center
ThermalTracker: The Secret Lives of Bats and Birds Revealed
When planning offshore wind projects, collecting data on the abundance of birds and bats informs project siting.
October 17, 2017
Offshore wind foundations await loadout.
A Renewable Future for the Oil and Gas Industry
As oil and gas companies look to unconventional energy markets, right now is an ideal time for oil and gas companies to engage in with offshore wind.
October 17, 2017
A comparison of spar-buoy, semisubmersible, and tension leg turbine platforms
Offshore Floating Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine Project Identifies Promising Platform Design
A new floating, vertical-axis wind turbine platform design may enable offshore wind developers to access the vast U.S. offshore wind resources.
October 17, 2017
Close-up image of two wind turbine blades.
Energy Department Awards 6 New Distributed Wind Component Development and Testing Projects
DOE announced six new contracts totaling $1.49 million under the Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project.
October 16, 2017
Offshore wind turbines in heavy seas.
New Offshore Wind Study Assesses Economic Potential Through 2030
The Northeast United States holds great economic promise for offshore wind development.
October 16, 2017
Three men aboard a boat with offshore wind turbines in the background
Celebrating a Year of Progress for Offshore Wind
A letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office's Deputy Director
October 10, 2017
ThermalTracker software
EERE Success Story—ThermalTracker: Imaging for Coexistence
ThermalTracker software was developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s (PNNL’s) Marine Sciences Laboratory
August 23, 2017
A collection of wind turbines in a field
New Lab Report: How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half
New breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas.
August 11, 2017
wind week nrel north carolina
EERE Success Story—North Carolina Legislators Tour Amazon Wind Farm
Earlier this year, the Southeastern Wind Coalition (SEWC) organized and led North Carolina state legislators on two tours of the Amazon Wind Farm.
August 9, 2017
Offshore wind turbine BARD 5.0 installed on a transitional substructure from BARD Engineering GmbH at the offshore wind farm BARD OFFSHORE 1 in the German Bight.
4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies
More than 20 U.S. offshore wind projects are underway as four significant trends emerge in this growing energy market.
August 9, 2017
nrel wind utah american
EERE Success Story—Resource Centers Support Wind Energy Opportunities for Rural Utah
Utah will be publishing the first locally written resource management plans defining county priorities for the development and use of federal lands.
August 8, 2017
wind turbine blades at sunset
Energy Department Reports: Wind Energy Continues Rapid Growth in 2016
Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa lead the nation as wind industry added more than 8,200 megawatt of capacity last year.
August 8, 2017
Distributed wind turbine overlooking a home at sunrise.
5 Things You Should Know About Wind Energy
From utility-scale wind farms to the nation’s first offshore wind project, the U.S. wind industry continued to grow in 2016.
August 7, 2017
wind nrel colorado one
EERE Success Story—New 60-Megawatt Colorado Wind Farm Helps Local Utility Reach State Goals
New 60-megawatt Colorado wind farm helps local utility reach state goals.
August 7, 2017
wind turbine blades at sunset
Installed Capacity vs. Energy Generation: What's the Difference?
Capacity is the maximum output of electricity that a generator can produce. Generation is the amount of electricity that is produced over a set time.
June 20, 2017
wind blog water nrel
How Do Wind Turbines Survive Severe Storms?
Wind turbines need to protect themselves just as communities do during severe storms. Find out how wind turbines survive severe storms.