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Photo of the non-torque loading system at the National Wind Technology Center.

New NWTC Test Facility to Improve Wind Turbines

Testing the performance of multimegawatt wind turbine drivetrains

Illustration showing mountains, several wind turbines, a power plant, a crane setting up a turbine blade, and two semi-trucks carrying turbine blades. The concept is to show all the pieces and parts of a complete wind energy system and how they work together.

NWTC Systems Engineering Initiative Analysis Platform

New platform helps analyze and integrate entire wind energy systems

Short video featuring Fort Felker, Center Director of the National Wind Technology Center, highlighting the NWTC's dual-axis resonant blade testing capabilities. Images from this video include Fort speaking, the static turbine blade in the testing facility, and flapwise and edgewise testing in action.

NWTC Now Provides Dual-Axis Resonant Blade Testing

New flapwise and edgewise blade testing capabilities mimic real-world conditions

The vision of the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) is to be an essential partner for the technical development and large-scale deployment of wind power. The goals are to:

  • Improve windplant power production
  • Reduce windplant capital cost
  • Improve windplant reliability and lower operation and maintenance costs
  • Eliminate barriers to large-scale deployment.

The NWTC's wind energy research capabilities are ahead of the curve. The center's experienced staff, unique research capabilities, and specialized state-of-the-art equipment provide industry partners and stakeholders with technical support from the design table to the marketplace.

NREL's R&D projects are funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Program.

NREL's wind research supports the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Program.

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