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Visitors get an opportunity to get up close to the new dynamometer at Dynamometer Test Facility at the National Wind Technology Center as DOE and NREL dedicated the new dynamometer facility at the NWTC today.

Continuum: NREL Nurtures a Growing Wind Industry

From small turbine testing to premiere research facility.

In this photo, a scientist wearing special glasses points to an image on a large visualization screen while another scientist wearing similar glasses looks on.

NREL Software Tool a Boon for Wind Industry

Simulator for Wind Farm Applications—SOWFA—can help developers boost capacity of wind farms.

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

Report Characterizes Offshore Wind Grid Capabilities

Study finds positive outlooks for U.S.-based offshore wind potential by 2030.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at NREL is at the forefront of energy innovation. For more than three decades, our researchers have spent countless hours building unparalleled expertise in renewable energy technologies while supporting the vision that wind and water can create clean, reliable, and cost-effective electricity. The NWTC strives to be an essential partner to companies, other DOE laboratories, government agencies, and universities around the world seeking to create a better, more sustainable future.

Just south of Boulder, Colorado, the NWTC is nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills. The 305-acre site experiences diverse and vigorous wind patterns—more than 100 miles per hour—making it an ideal setting for testing the reliability and performance of wind turbines. The NWTC comprises the necessary infrastructure, highly experienced staff, and state-of-the-art equipment needed to provide its partners and stakeholders with a full spectrum of research and development capabilities to develop everything at one location—from small residential wind turbines and components to utility-scale offshore wind and water power technologies.

With the NWTC, partners can:

Take an interactive tour of the NWTC.

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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