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@NWTC Newsletter

@NWTC is a newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The vision of the NWTC is to be an essential partner for the technical development and deployment of wind and water power. This newsletter provides information about the NWTC's research and development projects, its accomplishments, upcoming events, and recent publications.

Summer 2015 Issue

Project and Program Updates

Models and Tools

Recent Publications

Fact Sheets

Project and Program Updates

A photo of a large scale wind turbine with foothills in the background.

Experts at the National Wind Technology Center will support the Institute for Advanced Composite Manufacturing Innovation by leading the Wind Turbine Technology Area and participating in key wind composite technical projects. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL 30769

NREL to Play Pivotal Role in White House Initiative to Bolster America's Manufacturing Future

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Wind Technology Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is now part of a multimillion-dollar White House initiative known as the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which was created to foster emerging technologies that will produce high-quality manufacturing jobs and enhance America's global competitiveness. Specifically, NREL will be leading the Wind Turbine Technology Area of NNMI's latest addition, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). More


A photo of a large scale wind turbine with foothills in the background.

A Hywind floating offshore wind turbine in the North Sea, off the coast of Norway. Photo by Senu Sirnivas, NREL 27582

NREL-Statoil Collaborate to Make the First Multi-Turbine Floating Offshore Array a Reality

A recent study performed by the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping Norway-based Statoil prepare for the installation of what may be the world's first multi-turbine floating offshore array. More


An illustrated map of the U.S. northeast and midwest showing transmission lines interconnected across the map.

The Eastern Interconnection runs from the east coasts of the United States and Canada to the western borders of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and around most of Texas. Illustration by Billy Roberts, NREL

New Study Reveals Potential 30% Penetration of Wind and Solar for the Eastern Interconnection

Using high-performance computing capabilities and new methodologies to model operations of the Eastern Interconnection—arguably the largest power system in the world—at unprecedented fidelity, NREL found that the power system can reliably support up to 30% penetration of wind and solar power. More


A large drive train on the Clemson University campus with a crane.

Clemson University's 15-megawatt dynamometer test facility in South Carolina. Photo courtesy of Clemson University

NREL and Clemson University Put Wind Turbine Drivetrains to the Test

Through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), two of our nation's most advanced wind energy research and test facilities—the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clemson University—have joined forces to help the wind energy industry improve wind turbine drivetrains and integrate turbines with the electric grid. More


A photo of a group of people posing outside and holding awards.

Winners at NREL's 2015 Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, 33430

NWTC Researchers Recognized for Technology Transfer Excellence

Two research teams at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently received NREL Technology Transfer Awards: one for the development of the Simulator fOr Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) and a second for their work with Siemens on blade aerodynamics. A third team received a patent award for their approach to wind turbine blade testing using base excitation. These awards recognize individuals who have shown exceptional personal initiative in helping transfer NREL technology and developments to the private sector through impactful partnering, licensing, and product release activity. More

Models and Tools

An illustration of a map of the United States that shows the amount of potential wind capacity in various areas.

The wind potential capacity map at a 140-meter hub height

New Wind Resource Maps Reach Higher Heights

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and AWS Truepower LLC recently released maps that illustrate the potential for wind energy development using more advanced wind turbine technologies. More