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

DOE Announces Teams to Compete in the 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition
February 18, 2021
DOE announces 11 teams selected to compete in the 2022 Collegiate wind competition, where students will design, build, and test a model wind turbine.
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New Distributed Wind Simulation Tool Accelerates Research from Lab to Field
February 10, 2021
Microgrids, Infrastructure Resilience, and Advanced Controls Launchpad (MIRACL) project aims to effectively and affordably power homes and businesses.
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Flexing the Limits of Land-Based Wind Turbine Rotor Growth
February 9, 2021
Slender, Flexible Blades Enable High-Energy-Capture Wind Turbines by Resolving Transportation Challenges.
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Distributed Wind Research Program Workshop Report
February 4, 2021
WETO organized the Distributed Wind Research Program Workshop to bring together laboratory & industry project stakeholders to achieve key objectives.
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Updated Application Process for Offshore Environmental Research Funding Opportunity
February 1, 2021
EERE application submission activities moved back to EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange (Exchange).
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WISDEM Update Improves User Experience, Takes Systems Engineering Approach to Wind Energy Project Design
February 1, 2021
WISDEM software creates a virtual, vertically integrated wind plant from components to operations.
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Wind Resource Maps - Video Tutorial for Understanding Land-Based and Offshore Wind Resource Maps
February 1, 2021
Tutorial explains how to read the new maps, where to access them, and the difference between land-based and offshore wind resource maps.
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National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium Announces Five New Awards
February 1, 2021
Five new research projects focus on Enabling Large-Scale Turbines.
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DOE Announces Additional Funding for High-Efficiency Lightweight Generator Demonstration
January 20, 2021
GE to receive $20.3 million to build and test a prototype of their high-efficiency ultra-light low temperature SCG on a wind turbine.
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DOE Selects Advanced Wind Turbine Generator Projects
January 20, 2021
Awards will help researchers develop lightweight, efficient turbine drivetrain systems for tall wind and offshore applications.
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Reports

Multi-Year Program Plan for Wind Energy Research
The plan outlines the Office's research priorities and plans through the year 2025
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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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