Wind Energy Technologies Office

The Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Office invests in energy science research and development activities that enable the innovations needed to advance U.S. wind systems, reduce the cost of electricity, and accelerate the deployment of wind power.

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How Do Wind Turbines Work?

Learn the basics of how wind turbines operate to produce clean power from an abundant, renewable resource—the wind.

Wind Research & Development Projects Map

Browse through more than 250 projects in the Wind Energy Technologies Office's interactive, state-by-state map highlighting their Research and Development portfolio. 

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News

2021 Collegiate Wind Competition to Focus on Outreach and Planning for Adaptability
October 23, 2020
A new academic year is underway, which means a new class of college students is preparing for the 2021 DOE Collegiate Wind Competition.
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DOE Publishes 100-Meter Mid-Atlantic Wind Resource Maps and Article
October 21, 2020
Maps provide easy-to-understand snapshots of wind resources.
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Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director, Dr. Robert C. Marlay
October 13, 2020
Letter from the Wind Energy Technologies Office Director from the Fall 2020 newsletter.
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ExaWind Supercharges Wind Power Plant Simulations on Land and at Sea
October 13, 2020
Suite of open-source, HPC-powered physics codes allows engineers to do everything but collect their mail inside a virtual wind power plant.
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Wind Turbines with Large Rotors and Tall Towers Provide Double Dividends
October 13, 2020
Supersized turbines could reduce costs, enhance value of wind energy—and more.
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Zeroing In on the No. 1 Cause of Wind Turbine Gearbox Failures
October 13, 2020
A deeper understanding of bearing axial cracking enables reliability assessments for individual turbines.
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Exploring Eagle Hearing and Vision Capabilities To Reduce Risk at Wind Farms
October 13, 2020
University researchers examine eagle physiology to inform and improve eagle deterrents.
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NREL’s Techno-Economic Models Spotlight the Emerging Offshore Wind Opportunity
October 13, 2020
New open-source tool helps stakeholders assess U.S. offshore wind power plant balance-of-system costs.
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Technology Changes in U.S. Wind Industry Help Slow the Impacts of Aging on Wind Power Plants
October 13, 2020
First comprehensive study of the U.S. wind fleet shows that the performance of newer plants declines less with age than older plants.
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Multiscale Framework Simulates Utility-Scale Wind Power Plant in Its Natural Environment
October 13, 2020
First-ever simulation could lead to vital understanding of wind power plant performance.
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Reports

2018 Wind Technologies Market Report
The 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report summarizes the major trends in the U.S. wind power market in 2018.
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2018 Distributed Wind Market Report
The 2018 Distributed Wind Market Report provides stakeholders with statistics and analysis of the distributed wind market.
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2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report
Offshore wind market, technology, and cost trends in the United States and worldwide.
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Workforce Development and Education
Continued growth in the U.S. wind industry requires trained and qualified workers to manufacture, construct, operate, and maintain wind turbines.
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2017 State of Wind Development in the United States by Region
2017 State of Wind Development in the United States by Region is a comprehensive examination of U.S. wind energy development and deployment.
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Enabling the SMART Wind Power Plant of the Future Through Science-Based Innovation
This report explains how new energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030.
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Updates to the Wind Vision Roadmap
Tracking progress and updates in the Wind Vision Roadmap.
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