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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 13, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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 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.