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.